A South Carolina police officer is facing a murder charge after shooting an African-American man in the back at least eight times.
The Post and Courier reports that not only did Officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott in the back multiple times, as Scott was running away, but the entire incident was caught on video. This is a screengrab the paper released from the video, which is expected to come out later:
Scott was reportedly running from a traffic stop and had a Family Court warrant out for his arrest.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey held a press conference earlier today saying Slager would be charged with murder, and that “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.”
Officer Slager is currently in custody, and his attorney claims he believes he followed standard procedure during the encounter. The officer alleges that he fought with Scott over his taser and shots were fired shortly thereafter, but the screengrab indicates those shots came when the two were some distance apart.
Watch the full video via South Carolina’s Post and Courier (WARNING: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED):
From News Examiner:
This corrupt, murdering cop shot this guy 8 times in the back, while he was unarmed and then proceeds to handcuff him while he’s bleeding out on the ground. No one gives him CPR or tries to save his life, and then he dies. I guess resisting arrest is a death sentence in this country these days. Whatever happened to the idea of a “Peace Officer”? What happened to the idea of protecting and serving and helping the community? Would this same thing have happened if the man with the green shirt was white? This cop will definitely get his while serving a life sentence in prison. Also, I could be wrong, but I heard in prison, the prisoners in there, the same ones that cops put away, don’t care for cops too much.
The universe will return the favor to Officer Michael Slager in full.