S.C. Cop Charged With Murder of Black Man

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    Vitalogy
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    A police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder Tuesday after a cell-phone video was released of him fatally shooting an apparently unarmed man in the back following a traffic stop Saturday.

    Michael Slager, 33, was arrested by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and faces 30 years to life in prison or the death penalty, state officials said in a news release.

    In the video, which was obtained by The New York Times, Slager shoots at the suspect ā€” later identified as 50-year-old Walter Scott ā€” about eight times as he runs away in a vacant lot.

    The officer, who is white, said the suspect, who is black, took his Taser and that he feared for his life. The Justice Department is also reviewing the incident, which comes on the heels of other police-related shootings involving unarmed black men.

    Slager was arrested less than an hour after the video, taken by a bystander, was provided to city and police officials. At a Tuesday news conference, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the decision to charge the officer came after viewing the footage.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/michael-slager-south-carolina-officer-charged-murder-black-man-n337526

    Pulled over for a broken tail light and ends up shot in the back?

    #9235
    missing_kskd
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    Good grief!! This is deeply disturbing.

    The guy was running away. The video doesn’t show everything, but it does show a guy running, and not all that well, away and the officer with plenty of time to just shoot him down.

    What justifies killing the guy?

    #9238
    Vitalogy
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    This was a street execution. And the cop lied his ass off about it until the video came out.

    #9240
    missing_kskd
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    Did you see he glanced over at the person recording too? Must not have seen ’em.

    #9241
    NoParty
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    I bet the dirty GOP won’t get behind this coward. I think the man’s family should be able to shoot as this asshole as he running away from them.

    #9242
    NoParty
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    What justifies killing the guy?

    Nothing! But the GOP and the NRA will think this asshole is a hero.

    #9255
    skeptical
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    The cop shot him in the back while he was running away — what was it? A good 40 feet away? The cop is marksman and a top notch coward.

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