On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was stopped for a traffic violation by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. Fifty-year old Walter ran, and Slager shot Walter 8 times in the back, killing him. A man walking by captured the event on video.
Slager made a report to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigator saying that he shot Walter as Walter was moving towards him with the officer’s taser. The video shows differently, and also that Slager placed his taser on the ground beside Walter’s dead body.
Slager was arrested and charged with murder. He was fired from the police force and placed in solitary confinement. In January, Slager was released on half a million dollars bail and placed under house arrest, allowed to only leave for work, church, medical appointments and appointments with attorneys. Read the rest of this entry
In a 16-page federal grand jury indictment, Dylann Roof, the 21-year old who killed 9 people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, has been indicted on 33 counts of federal charged, including hate crimes, firearms violations, and obstructing the practice of religion.
U.S. Attorney General Lorette Lynch announced the charges yesterday. The federal charges are in addition to the state murder charges. The Justice Department has not decided whether it will seek the death penalty against Roof, nor whether its prosecution will come prior to the state’s case.
South Carolina does not have a state hate-crime law. AG Lynch stated that the federal charges were needed to adequately deal with a defendant that “decided to seek out and murder African-Americans because of their race.” Read the rest of this entry