White SC officer charged with murder in black man’s shooting

By The Associated Press


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Confronted with dramatic video, South Carolina authorities have charged a white police officer with murder in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of a black motorist.

The video, shot by a witness, appears to show North Charleston City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager firing multiple shots at a fleeing 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was wounded in the back from a distance several times, collapsed and was handcuffed. The officer walked away from Scott, made a radio call and later is seen dropping something by Scott’s side.

An attorney representing Slager released a statement on Monday saying the officer felt threatened and that Scott tried to grab his client’s stun gun. On Tuesday, he dropped Slager as a client.

Slager was charged after being arrested by state police. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says the officer made “a bad decision” and was “wrong.”

Scott’s brother, Anthony Scott, questions what would have happened in the case had there been no video.

(C) The Associated Press 2015