Former Cop Michael Slager Denied Bond
Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager was indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of Walter Scott. He has been charged with murder. Slager was arrested on April 7, 2015, when a citizen who took the video of Slager shooting Walter made it public. If convicted, Slager faces a sentence of 30 years to life without parole. Slager was denied bond and has been in jail. It is said that Dylan Roof, the man who killed 9 people in an AME church, has a cell next to or across from Slager.
The video of Slager shooting 8 times at Walter as Walter ran became very controversial. Slager shot Walter 5 times in the back, killing him. Those who tend to support the shooting, like Slager, argue what took place before the actual shooting. In effort to have the court set bond, Slager’s attorney argued that Walter had cocaine and alcohol in his system. Slager’s story of Walter trying to take his taser and other things do not appear to justify shooting Walter in the back as he was running away.
Chris Stewart, an attorney for the Scott family, said that the allegations in the motion for bond are “just distraction” and that none of it has anything to do with Walter having trace cocaine in his system and nothing to do with Slager shooting Walter 5 times in the back.
Slager is in isolation for his own protection because he is in jeopardy from other inmates as a former cop, his lawyer told ABC News, and so he only has one hour a day to walk around freely. He is let out for one hour between 2 and 5 a.m. each day.
Last week in court, Slager argued that he is not a flight risk or danger to the community, and that he would follow the rules for house arrest because he wanted to see his infant son. The judge said he needed more time to decide if the former cop should be released on bond.
Today, South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman denied Slager bond saying that he “constitutes an unreasonable danger to the community.”