South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder in black man’s shooting

South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder in black man’s shooting

Written by Staff Writer

09 Apr, 2015 | 10:53 am

A South Carolina Officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder after a video emerged of him shooting a victim multiple times in the back following a scuffle.

The video, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50 year old, fled.

The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference held on Tuesday evening.

Saturday’s shooting, which began as a traffic stop over a faulty brake light, occurred as Americans grapple with issues of trust between law enforcement and minority communities after a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

In the Charleston case, authorities said the victim was shot after the officer already hit him with a stun gun.

BBC reports that this incident has been widely condemned and that the US Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating into the matter.

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