Officer Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Unarmed Black Man During Traffic Stop
By now, you’ve likely seen the full graphic video turned in to South Carolina police just days after Officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott during a routine traffic stop. The video shows Slager not only shooting Scott in the back multiple times, but also planting evidence on his deceased body to justify the lies he told to justify his murder.
A police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder Tuesday after a cell-phone video was released of him fatally shooting an apparently unarmed man in the back following a traffic stop Saturday.
Michael Slager, 33, was arrested by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and faces 30 years to life in prison or the death penalty, state officials said in a news release.
In the video, which was obtained by The New York Times, Slager shoots at the suspect — later identified as 50-year-old Walter Scott — about eight times as he runs away in a vacant lot.
The officer, who is white, said the suspect, who is black, took his Taser and that he feared for his life. The Justice Department is also reviewing the incident, which comes on the heels of other police-related shootings involving unarmed black men.
Slager was arrested less than an hour after the video, taken by a bystander, was provided to city and police officials. At a Tuesday news conference, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the decision to charge the officer came after viewing the footage.
Good thing the bystander was there to capture what REALLY happened…this cop had lies on deck to tell about what Walter Scott did to “deserve” being shot in the back 8 times. SMH. Take a listen to the 911 call full of falsehoods that Slager made just moments after ending Scott’s life:
SMH! At least he was charged. We can only cross our fingers for a conviction in cases like these.
NBCnews / Charleston Co Sherrif’s Office