Cop Who Shot Black Man Five Times in the Back Charged With Murder

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A Still from the Video Shows Officer Slager Firing as Scott Runs Away

Officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder after shooting and killing 50 year-old Walter Scott.  Officer Slager stopped Scott due to a busted tail light, and according to the officer, Scott ran from the stop.  He tried to taser Scott, but the taser was wrestled out of his hand, prompting him to draw his weapon.

A video, which was recorded by a witness, begins with Scott running away.  Officer Slager then proceeds to shot him five times in the back.  He then walks up to Scott’s dying body and handcuffs him.  The police officer claimed he “felt threatened'” and he had stuck to procedure.

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