South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder in Black Man’s Death

  1. A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.
    The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled...

    ... Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men, and Officer Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing.
    He falls after the last of eight shots.
    The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something up off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us...eath.html?_r=0
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  2. 56 Comments

  3. by   ElvishDNP
    My instinct is to run toward injured people. It made me physically ill to watch this man die while no one tended his injuries for several minutes.

    Over a taillight.

    And to think he might not be charged were it not for this video.
  4. by   toomuchbaloney
    The video was chilling.
    The officer appeared calm and collected as he shot down the fleeing man and then walked to the body to handcuff him while shouting for the injured man to put his hands behind his back. When he jogged to the item on the ground as another officer was approaching the scene it was like watching a horror film...he hurried to gather up whatever it was that he felt he needed to be placed next to the body, presumably to verify the story he was already concocting in his mind to justify the homicide.

    Much later in the video the officer checks to see if his victim still has a pulse or if he has succeeded in silencing the only other witness that he was aware of.

    A murder charge is in order, kudos to the department.
  5. by   heron
    I hear some jurisdictions are trying to make it illegal to record police officers' behavior.
  6. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from heron
    I hear some jurisdictions are trying to make it illegal to record police officers' behavior.
    There certainly is video evidence demonstrating that some police THINK that they can insist that people put their cameras away. It is always a bit amusing to watch video in which the police keep telling people that they may not film them, seemingly ignorant to the fact that citizens MAY film them at will.

    Show me a community which outlaws the filming of police during their work and I bet we are looking at a community with a police department which has something to hide.
  7. by   herring_RN
    I was very busy in 1985, I was working four 8 hour night shifts a week as an LVN, attending an RN program full time, and had kids in high school with friends and activities.
    I got most of my news on the radio while driving to and from work and clinical sites.

    That year the Supreme Court of the United States decided that under the Fourth Amendment a law enforcement officer pursuing a fleeing suspect may not use deadly force to stop a suspect unless the officer has probable cause to believe that the person poses an immediate and significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.

    Tennessee v. Garner | Case Brief Summary

    "Deadly Force in Memphis: Tennessee v. Garner" by John H. Blume
  8. by   toomuchbaloney
    Yeah,
    well choke holds are banned too, but that didn't mean that Eric Garner's killer cop in NYC was charged or that police don't use the technique.
  9. by   Jolie
    Quote from heron
    I hear some jurisdictions are trying to make it illegal to record police officers' behavior.
    Which ones?
  10. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from Jolie
    Which ones?
    Texas comes immediately to mind.
  11. by   chare
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Texas comes immediately to mind.
    Source? And as Texas is a large state, could you be more specific?
  12. by   herring_RN
    Some red light cameras have been inaccurate so have been banned by a judge.

    I don't know of any being banned, but many places are not using them due to privacy concerns and the possibility that other evidence may be ignored in favor of only the video.
    Body cameras on police officers raise privacy concerns

    Body cameras on police officers raise privacy concerns | Dallas Morning News
  13. by   rnmaybe
    there is no expectation of privacy in public. The courts have already ruled that it is perfectly legal to record the police in public.
  14. by   rnmaybe
    this happened in Maryland and in Illinois that I know of. There are 100s of videos on you tube of people threatened with arrest by officials for video taping in public. Actually some are arrested but the charges later dropped.

    This is one of my favorites.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emmoJvpSGyw


    Quote from Jolie
    Which ones?

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