Close  

US cop charged with murder over shooting black man

/ 12:55 PM April 08, 2015

ADVERTISEMENT

Police Officer Fatal Shooting

In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show Slager shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. AP/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart

WASHINGTON, United States – Police in the US state of South Carolina charged an officer Tuesday with murder after video showed him apparently gunning down a fleeing black man, the latest in a string of shootings of unarmed black men that have raised allegations of police racism.

South Carolina state police arrested officer Michael Slager and charged him with murder, a felony that carries a sentence of up to life in prison or the death penalty, according to a news release.

FEATURED STORIES

Slager’s arrest comes after video surfaced of the shooting that killed 50-year-old Walter Scott Saturday. The video seems to show Slager in an altercation with Scott and then draw his gun and shoot seven to eight shots in Scott’s back as Scott fled.

READ: Video shows LA police shooting homeless man

The officer then approaches Scott laying on the ground telling him to put his hands behind his back, and Slager puts him in handcuffs, the video shows. Slager then appears to get a device that had fallen during the altercation and drop it by Scott’s body.

The incident was prompted by a traffic stop due to a broken tail light, local media reported.

The city’s mayor Keith Summey said the charge was prompted by the video, local newspaper The Post and Courier reported.

South Carolina police told AFP they could not comment on the case as the investigation is ongoing.

“We are continuing to work on the investigation,” said Thom Berry from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

ADVERTISEMENT

Unarmed black victims

A number of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in recent months have sparked protests across the United States with protesters alleging racism in the nation’s police and raised accusations that officers use excessive force.

Officers have rarely been charged in the shootings, even when the incidents were recorded.

The killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown was a catalyst for a recent surge in protests in the country. A jury in November chose not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for the shooting.

The US Justice Department has launched investigations into a number of police departments after shootings and unearthed damning evidence that officers in Ferguson targeted black residents.

RELATED STORY

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: black man, police abuse, police murder, race, racial discrimination, Shooting, South Carolina, US police shooting, US shooting
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.