~ This Shooting Appears To Be Everything The Mike Brown Shooting Was Not ~
♦ The Victim’s name is Walter Scott. ♦ He was shot on April 4th by a South Carolina Police officer. ♦ There is a video of the shooting taken by an eye witness – SEE VIDEO HERE (also embedded below) ♦ Arguably without the video the police officer would not have been arrested. ♦ The Police officer, through his attorney, previously said he followed proper procedure. ♦ The video reflects the police lied.
(BACKSTORY) On APRIL 5TH NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The attorney for a North Charleston police officer who shot a 50-year-old man during a confrontation at a traffic stop Saturday says his client believes he followed proper procedure.
The incident began about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when Officer Michael Slager, 33, pulled 50-year-old Walter Scott over for a broken tail light at the corner of Remount and Craig roads.
Police and witnesses say Scott tried to run from Slager before turning to fight for the officer’s Taser. It was during that scuffle that the officer fired his service weapon, fatally wounding Scott.
According to an incident report, officers heard Slager say over the radio that he had deployed his Taser and “seconds later” he said “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser.”
Attorney David Aylor released a statement Monday that reiterated the police report. (link)
Then the eye witness video was released by the victims family which entirely disputes the substance and construct of the police report. The Police Officer, Michael Slager (33), will be charged with murder.
Police cited witness video that appears to show the moment when the officer fatally shot a driver whom he had pulled over this weekend, and the victim’s family attorney, who gave the video to ABC News, believes it could prove that the officer used excessive force.
North Charleston officer Michael Slager will now be charged with murdering Walter ‘Lamar’ Scott, 50, who died shortly after the Saturday morning incident. A murder conviction in the state could lead to the death penalty or life in prison, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The two videos that Scott family attorney Chris Stewart says were recorded by a bystander, whose name has not been released, appear to show the moments when Scott begins to run away from the officer. While the officer’s stun gun is not visible in the video, what appears to be a string is visible stretching from Scott to Officer Slager, where it was apparently attaching the stun gun to his clothing. Scott is seen running away from Slager as the officer proceeds to fire eight successive shots in Scott’s direction before Scott falls to the ground.
“I can tell you that as a result of that video and the bad decision made by our officer he will be charged with murder and that’s not something that we like to hear,” Mayor R. Keith Summey said at a press conference this evening. (read more)
This is the THIRD Police Shooting in South Carolina (we are aware of), within the last year, where the Police Officer wrongfully shot a victim.
The 31 year old South Carolina State Trooper, Sean Groubert, shot Mr. Levar Jones, 35, for absolutely the most ridiculous reason. In addition to all the other factors (You have to watch the video) the trooper is white and the victim is black.
#2 March 2014 – A South Carolina Cop shot a 70-year-old man who exited his pickup truck during a traffic stop. (link)
South Carolina – Deputy Terrance Knox, 24, stopped Bobby Canipe, 70, of Lincolnton, Tuesday night in Clover, for an expired tag. Deputies said Canipe got out of his truck and grabbed a walking cane out of the bed of his pickup. The deputy thought the cane was a weapon.