A white South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black man in the back.
Does anyone notice today’s officers shoot far too many rounds at people. A decade ago when revolvers were used far less shots were fired and less people were killed. Perhaps we need to look at limiting the number of rounds police weapons can fire as over kill is becoming common. This is why we don’t need military weapons used on public streets by police.
North Charleston Police Officer Michael T. Slager, 33, can be seen shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott after a confrontation on Saturday, according to The Post and Courier. Slager chases Scott and shoots him eight times in the back the video recorded by a passerby and obtained by The New York Times.
Scott died there, though it wasn’t clear if he died immediately.
The graphic video raises questions about Michael T. Slager’s original assertion that “he used his gun because he felt endangered.”
Officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he feared for his life because the man took his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the unarmed manWalter L. Scott, 50 — fled.
Patrolman 1st Class Officer Michael Slager, of the North Charleston Police Department, was arrested Tuesday, three days after the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott
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Video Shows Officer Michael Slager Shooting Unarmed Black Man In The Back In South Carolina
South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death
SC police officer charged with murder in shooting after traffic stop
5 Fast Facts You Need to Know about Michael Slager
1. Officer Michael Slager Shot Scott in the Back 8 Times
2. Officer Michael Slager Said He ‘Felt Threatened’
3. Video Appears to Contradict Slager’s Version of the Story
4. Officer Michael Slager Was Denied Bond at a Hearing Tuesday
5. He Served in the Coast Guard & Has Been a Cop For 5 Years
Officer Michael Slager can attempt to have bail reduced through a circuit judge. Lets see if the Police union and their millions come to the rescue of a killer?
The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division launched investigations into the execution of Walter Scott.