Officer Michael Slager charged for murder
A white North Charleston policeman in South Carolina has been actually charged with murder in the deadly shooting of a FIFTY year-old black man on Saturday, distinguishing a remarkably quick move for justice in a fatal police incident.
A video clip of the shooting, in which took place around 9.30 am after Walter Scott was pulled over for a traffic violation, reveals officer Michael Slager shooting eight shots at Scott as he was running away. For the reason, according to Officer Michael Slager, that he feared for his life while the two battled over the officer’s stun gun, Slager initially informed police he shot Scott.
Right after Walter Scott is shot, the video also appears to unveil the police officer picking an object from the ground and resting it next to Scott’s body. Scott does not seem to be in possession of the stun gun at any point in the video.
S.C. police officer michael slager charged for murder in the shooting death of black man
In the video, It appears to show that a stun gun wire was indeed released, however falls out as Walter Scott runs away from Officer Michael Slager, who pulls out his weapon and opens fire up until Scott drops down to the ground. Scott is still, his face downward in the ground.
The officer then appears to shout out “Put your hands behind your back” once again prior to lifting Scott’s spiritless arms and placing them in exactly what look like handcuffs.
Officer Michael Slager then moves beyond the body and grabs an item off the ground, near precisely where he opened fire the shots. At this instance another police officer shows up on the scene and stands over Scott’s body.
Slager walks back over to the body and seems to drop the object he has picked up besides Scott’s body.
According to an incident file, reported by local TELEVISION news, Slager said over the radio that he deployed his Taser and “seconds later” he claimed: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser.”
RAW Footage of South Carolina Officer Shooting Walter Scott In the Back
None of the two police officer seems to be conscious they are being actually filmed, and the cameraperson appears to place his hands over the front of the camera a several times. It does not appear that Officer Michael Slager checks Scott’s pulse until three minutes and 3 seconds into the video.
Slager had at first released a statement through his legal representative, claiming he had “followed all the proper procedures and policies of the North Charleston police department”.
But at a press conference on Tuesday, North Charleston mayor Keith Summey mentioned to media reporters that Slagger had made a “bad decision“.
“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Summey pointed out as quoted by the Post and Courier. “When you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision.”.