Walter Scott Case: White Officer Michael Slager Charged with Murder in South Carolina

The video leaked to the public Tuesday April 7, which resulted in the state filing charges

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On Tuesday, April 7, white police officer Michael T. Slager was charged with the murder of Walter L. Scott after a video of the shooting incident was leaked to the public. The video has been featured on hundreds of social media outlets since it surfaced, where it clearly shows an unarmed Scott running from Slager, who then proceeds to shoot him in the back, killing him.

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According to reports, Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because Scott, 50, had taken his stun gun in a fight after being stopped at a traffic light on Saturday, April 4. On Tuesday evening, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the state charges at a news conference.

[BELOW: Watch Video of the Shooting]

 

After a series of high-profile racial cases—such as the shooting death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer—occurring in such a short span of time, the Scott case has sparked more fire and fueled nationwide debate on #BlackLivesMatter and the correlation between police brutality and black lives. According to data, North Charleston is South Carolina’s third largest city, with an estimated population of 100,000. African Americans make up 47% of its residents; whites make up about 80% of the city’s police department.

“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And if you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision,” Mayor Summey said during the news conference. According to a new report, Scott’s brother Anthony has asked for peace in the community, and the world, stating, “We don’t advocate violence, we advocate change.”

Be sure to view the storify below, which shows Twitter reactions to the news. Keep up with this story by using the hashtag #WalterScott.

 
  • Mark N Starla Traina

    NAAWP RESPONSE: “UNJUSTIFIABLE HOMiCIDE”

    A WHITE SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICER GUILTY of COLD-BLOODED MURDER!

    A WHITE South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed an unarmed BLACK man in
    self-defense has been fired, the city’s mayor announced Wednesday, a day after
    the release of a video showing the WHITE officer firing eight shots at the
    fleeing BLACK man’s back.

    The mayor also announced that he had ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer
    on the force in North Charleston.

    Protests began within hours of the murder charge against MICHAEL SLAGER.

    “I have watched the video. And I was sickened by what I saw. And I have not watched it
    since,” Police Chief Eddie Driggers said. He was interrupted by chants of
    “NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE” and other shouted questions that he and the
    mayor said they could not answer.

    IMPURE WHITE TRASH exposed in SOUTH CAROLINA:

    http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/08/mayor-v

    We do not offer, nor accept any EXCUSES for what this WHITE POLICE OFFICER did to MR. WALTER SCOTT:
    https://www.facebook.com/MarkAnthonyTraina

    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE offers our CONDOLENCES to the SCOTT FAMILY MEMBERS and FRIENDS

    GOD BLESS AMERICA as we await JUSTICE to be SERVED in the WRONGFULL DEATH of MR. WALTER SCOTT

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