Video surfaced yesterday of a fatal shooting case that was apparently closed before analyzing the entire narrative behind the scenes. The New York Times received a video from a neighborhood resident in North Charleston displaying a man being shot eight times in the back by a police officer, while fleeing. Demonstrators are gathering at the City Hall in North Charleston as we speak to protest.
Michael Slager, the police officer on the tape, can be seen shooting, Walter Scott, handcuffing him after he’s lying on the ground wounded, and then running to pick up what many are saying is a Taser and coming back to the body to drop it. This is key because the officer told police previously that he feared for his life after Scott took the Taser gun and ran away from him. However, if the object that the officer goes back to collect is the Taser and then he takes it back to the lifeless body of Scott and drops it, that would be a case of planting and tampering with evidence.
After the tape surfaced, Slager was arrested and is currently being charged with committing murder since Scott was unarmed and fleeing.
Where did this all begin and how did this scenario take shape? According to CNN, Michael Slager pulled over Walter Scott for a routine infraction—a broken taillight on his vehicle. Originally, the case was closed after the policeman called justifiable homicide in that Scott was allegedly, attempting to take his Taser gun. This is in direct contrast to the video taken by a neighborhood resident that Slager wasn’t aware was being filmed. The officers on the scene also stated in the original police report that CPR was preformed after Scott was shot, but this was not authenticated by the video either.
Keith Summey, the mayor of North Charleston, completely denounced the actions of the officer. He stated, “I can tell you that as the result of that video and the bad decision made by our officer, he will be charged with murder. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And if you make a bad decision—don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street—you have to live by that decision.” It looks like Slager will be living by this one for a long time.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXO3Ix_GIyI