White South Carolina Policeman Charged With Murder for Shooting Unarmed Black Man in the Back Four Times

by Warner Todd Huston | April 8, 2015 1:06 pm

A North Charleston, South Carolina Police Officer is now being charged with murder after video from a bystander shows the officer shooting a black man as he ran away from the officer. Four shots are fired, all hit the man in the back. He died from the wounds.

Many are saying that the video damning evidence that officer Michael T. Slager acted improperly.

Now Officer Slager is being charged with murder[1] for the shooting.

A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.

Walter L. Scott, a Coast Guard veteran and father of four, died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael T. Slager, 33, shot him in the back.

Five of the eight bullets hit Scott, his family’s attorney said. Four of those struck his back. One hit an ear.

The footage filmed by a bystander, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on Saturday after Scott ran from a traffic stop. It was the first piece of evidence contradicting an account Slager gave earlier this week through his attorney.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that FBI investigators would work with the State Law Enforcement Division, which typically investigates officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, and the state’s attorney general to examine any civil rights violations in Scott’s death.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said during a news conference that Slager had made a “bad decision.”

What do you think? Is it a clear cut example of murder? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Endnotes:
  1. Slager is being charged with murder: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150407/PC16/150409468
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