North Charleston Police Officer Charged With Murder
A passerby video taken by cell phone showed a man running, his back turned, as 8 bullets were fired at him until he fell. Had investigators depended solely on North Charleston Police Officer’s Michael T. Slager’s story, the 33-year old might not have been charged with murder.
Slager stopped 50-year old Walter Scott for a broken brake light and found that Scott was wanted on a warrant for failure to pay child support. Slager claimed he tried to subdue Scott with a taser, only for Scott to take the taser from him before trying to overpower him, making the cop fear for his life, leaving him no choice but to open fire.
The video footage, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between Slager and Walter. It was the first piece of evidence contradicting a statement that Slager released earlier this week through his attorney. Speaking of which, after the video was presented, Slager’s attorney David Aylor issued a statement that he withdrew his representation of Michael Slager, saying, “This is a terrible tragedy that has impacted our community.”
In a separate South Carolina case, officer Justin Craven has been charged with discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle, a lesser charge than the manslaughter charge sought by a prosecutor before a grand jury. In February 2014, Ernest Satterwhite was chased by Craven for 9 miles beyond city limits to Satterwhite’s driveway. After Satterwhite parked, Craven repeatedly fired through the driver’s door. The 25-year old Craven faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the gun charge.
Some may find the following video disturbing.
Posted on 04/07/2015, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Videos and tagged charged, Justin Craven, Michael T. Slager, murder, Satterwhite, Scott, South Carolina, Walter, Walter Scott. Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.