Michael Slager Testifies On Walter Scott Killing
The trial for the former officer who gunned down Walter Scott is coming to a close. Scott is the unarmed South Carolina man who was shot eight times in the back while running away from Michael Slager.
Now in his criminal case where he could face life in prison if convicted, Slager told a jury that he was in “total fear” when he saw Scott running away because he believed the man had his taser.
When he was faced with evidence that showed him placing his taser alongside Scott’s lifeless body however, he had no answers.
“Michael T. Slager, the North Charleston police officer who shot and killed Walter L. Scott during a traffic stop and foot pursuit, ended nearly 20 months of silence and told a jury that he had been consumed by “total fear” in the moments before he opened fire on April 4, 2015.
“I see him with a Taser in his hand as I see him spinning around,” Mr. Slager, 35, said as he described the fatal encounter with Mr. Scott, 50. “That’s the only thing I see: that Taser in his hand.”
Still, to a prosecutor who was skeptical and sneering during the cross-examination, Mr. Slager was a lawman with questionable judgment, a selective memory and a finger quick to pull the triggers of his Taser and his handgun.
“It seems like you’re not remembering things that are bad for you,” said D. Bruce DuRant, the chief deputy solicitor for Charleston County. Before the jury of 11 white people and one black man, Mr. DuRant accused Mr. Slager of exaggerating the confrontation with Mr. Scott. “You’re starting to make up things as we go along, aren’t you?” he asked.
By the time Mr. Slager squeezed the trigger of his Glock, Mr. Scott was at least 17 feet away, a distance Mr. Slager suggested he did not recognize in the chaos. Mr. Scott, whose family believes he initially fled because of unpaid child support obligations, crumpled to the ground.
Not long after the shooting, Mr. Slager dropped his Taser next to Mr. Scott’s body, a decision he could not easily explain on Tuesday, but one that prosecutors view as proof that he was trying to plant evidence to cover up a murder.”
Closing arguments have started ahead of the jury’s verdict.
Do YOU think we’ll get justice for Walter Scott???