White Cop To Face Murder Charge For Shooting Black Man In The Back
It’s will be difficult to argue against what’s seen on a videotape.
A video that shows a North Charleston police officer shooting at 50-year-old Walter Scott’s back at least eight times as he ran away resulted in the lawman’s arrest Tuesday, officials said.
The development came as the State Law Enforcement Division looked into whether Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager, 33, acted lawfully when he shot Scott to death.
Police Chief Eddie Driggers said Tuesday that Slager had been arrested…
The footage, filmed by an anonymous bystander, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on Saturday after Scott, who had a warrant out for his arrest, ran from a traffic stop. It was the first piece of evidence that could contradict a statement that Slager released to the public through his attorney…
Slager, a former Coast Guardsman, served for more than five years with the department without being disciplined, his attorney said.
Two people filed complaints against Slager during his time with the force, including one man who said the policeman shot him with a Taser for no reason in September 2013. Internal investigators, though, exonerated the officer of any wrongdoing.