Unarmed Walter Scott Killed By Cop Caught On Video

By on April 8, 2015
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Unarmed Walter Scott Killed By Cop Caught On Video

 

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news or seen the gruesome video circulating regarding a South Carolina police officer who is being accused of shooting an apparently unarmed black man in the back as he was running away. The office has been charged with murder, according to The New York Times.

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The police officer is named Michael Slager, 33.  He claims he first pulled over Walter Scott, 50, for driving a Mercedes-Benz with a broken brake light. Through his attorney David Aylor, Slager told the media that after a tussle that Scott took the officer’s Taser. Slager said he then shot Scott because he felt threatened.

Luckily, footage captured by a bystander appears to strongly contradict Slager’s description of the situation. Aylor has since resigned as Slager’s attorney, according to The Post and Courier.  Warning that the following footage contains graphic content and should be considered before viewing:

A lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family said the coroner told him that Scott was hit with five bullets total, three in the back, one in the rear, and one in an ear. At least one bullet also reportedly entered his heart.

 

During a news conference on Tuesday, Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston called Slager’s actions a “bad decision” and told reporters, “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”

 

Summey continued: “If you make a bad decision, I don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

 

Slager is now in police custody and The State Law Enforcement Division is looking into the case going forward.

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North Charleston is South Carolina’s third-largest city, with a population of about 100,000, according to data obtained by The Times. While about 47% of the residents are black, the police department is about 80% white.

 

President Barack Obama previously ordered representatives from the Justice Department, including Attorney General Eric Holder, to look into such incidents.

The FBI and the US Justice Department are conducting a separate investigation into the Walter Scott shooting, according to Reuters. Proving that an officer willfully deprived someone of his or her civil rights is notoriously difficult, especially during a quick confrontation such as this, according to the Associated Press.