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CHARLESTON---A white police officer
who claimed he killed a black man in
self-defence has been fired and charged
with murder after a bystander s video
recorded him firing eight shots at the
man s back as he ran away. Government
authorities sought to contain the outcry
as protests began yesterday over the
latest police killing of an unarmed black
The video, provided to the dead man s
family and lawyer by an unidentified per-
son who shot the footage, shows officer
Michael Thomas Slager dropping his stun
gun, pulling out his handgun and firing
at Walter Lamer Scott from a distance
as he runs away. The 50-year-old man
falls after the eighth shot, fired after a
The shooting in North Charleston,
South Carolina s third-largest city, came
amid an ongoing nationwide debate over
issues of trust between law enforcement
and minority communities.
Slager has been fired, but the town
will continue to pay for his health insur-
ance because his wife is eight-month s
pregnant, North Charleston Mayor Keith
Summey said at a news conference yes-
terday. The FBI and the Justice Depart-
ment s Civil Rights Division have opened
their own investigation.
Slager, who has been with the North
Charleston police for five years, could
face 30 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Walter Scott Sr told the NBC "Today
Show" that his son may have run because
he owed child support, which can lead
to jail time in South Carolina.
Scott Sr said that in the video, the
officer "looked like he was trying to kill
a deer running through the woods."
Judy Scott called the video "the most
horrible thing I ve ever seen."
"I almost couldn t look at it to see my
son running defencelessly, being shot. It
just tore my heart to pieces," she said on
ABC s "Good Morning America."
Chris Stewart, an attorney for Scott s
family, said the video forced authorities
to act quickly and decisively. "What if
there was no video? What if there was
no witness, or hero as I call him, to come
forward?" asked Stewart.
Slager s then-attorney David Aylor had
released a statement Monday saying the
officer felt threatened and that Scott was
trying to grab Slager s stun gun. Aylor
dropped Slager as a client after the video
The video, shot over a chain link fence
and through some trees, begins after
Scott has left his car. Slager follows him,
reaching at the man with an object that
appears to be a Taser stun gun.
As Scott pulls away, the object falls to
the ground, and Slager pulls out his hand-
gun as Scott runs away. There is no indi-
cation that Scott was ordered to halt or
The final shot sends Scott falling face-
down about 30 feet away.
Slager then slowly walks toward him
and orders Scott to put his hands behind
his back, but the man doesn t move, so
he pulls Scott s arms back and cuffs his
The officer then walks briskly back to
where he fired the shots, speaking into
his radio. He picks up the same object
that fell to the ground before and returns
to Scott s prone body, dropping the object
near Scott s feet as another officer enters
Scott had four children, was engaged
and had no violent offenses on his record,
Stewart said. (AP)
White police officer charged
with murder of black man
The man accused of bombing
the Boston Marathon in 2013 has
been found guilty of all 30
charges that he faced, many of
which carry the death penalty.
The jury in Massachusetts will
now decide what sentence 21-
year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will
Three people were killed and
more than 260 injured when the
bombs exploded at the finish line
in April 2013.
His lawyers maintained he
played a role in the attacks but
said his older brother was the
A police officer was killed in the
days following the attack as
Tsarnaev and his brother, who
also died, attempted to flee.
The decision was reached
yesterday, after the jury
deliberated for just over 12 hours
spread over two days.
Tsarnaev kept his hands folded
in front of him and looked down
as the guilty verdicts were read.
Boston Marathon bomber found guilty
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina
taken April 4, 2015. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of Scott who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith
Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Slager, 33, withe the murder of Scott after they viewed the video of the incident. REUTERS PHOTO
Walter Lamer Scott lies face down at the feet of City
Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager after being shot.
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