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    The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, had said he feared for his life because the man took his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man — Walter L. Scott, 50 — fled.

    The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

    The shooting comes on the heels of high-profile incidents of police officers using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere around the country. The deaths have sparked a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men.

    A White House task force has recommended a host of changes to the nation’s police policies, and President Obama dispatched Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., to cities around the country to try to improve police relations with minority neighborhoods.The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.

    Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.

    But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.

    Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men and Officer Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing. He falls after the last of eight shots.

    The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.

  • #2
    What will it take to end police brutality of African/Black people in the U.S?

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      Walter Scott’s Family Speaks Out After Police Officer Charged With His Murder

      Walter Scott’s Family Speaks Out After Police Officer Charged With His Murder – “What If There Was No Video?”


      Charleston, SC — Michael Slager, a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, who was black and apparently unarmed. Raw cellphone video taken by a bystander shows Slager firing eight times as Scott ran away from him.

      Slager has been denied bond and is being held at the local Charleston County Detention Center. Reportedly, a murder conviction in the state could lead to the death penalty or up to 30 years to life in prison, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.Meanwhile, his family has already spoken out and said that they will be filing a lawsuit against the city.
      During a press conference, Scott’s brother said, “All we wanted was the truth… If there wasn’t a video, would we know the truth?” He continued, “I don’t think that all police officers are bad, but they are some bad ones…. We need prayer because prayer changes things, and justice will be served.”
      During an interview on Good Morning America, Scott’s mom said, “When I looked at that tape, that was the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen. I am very, very upset concerning it. I almost couldn’t look at it. To see my son running, defenselessly being shot, it just tore my heart to pieces.”

      Watch the Recent Interview on CNN with Don Lemon:
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      Watch the Actual Shooting:
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      Use of deadly force by police has created an outrage about police brutality, particularly in confrontations with unarmed black men. In the past year, scores of unarmed men have been killed by police including well-known incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, New York and Cleveland, and more.
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      • #4
        If there were no video, the officer's story would have stuck and that would have been the end of it.

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