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'Rare' Move: Ex-Cop Who Killed Walter Scott Faces Civil Rights Charges

Michael Slager indicted on federal charges

(Newser) - The former North Charleston police officer charged with murdering unarmed motorist Walter Scott was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on civil rights charges. The Post and Courier calls it "a rare measure in police shootings" that could offer another route to a conviction for Michael Slager... More »

Walter Scott Lawyer Jumps to Sanders in Critical SC

Justin Bamberg yanks his support for Clinton

(Newser) - Justin Bamberg, a South Carolina lawmaker and lawyer for the family of Walter Scott , the man gunned down by a North Charleston cop, made a surprise political announcement Monday: He's taking back his endorsement of Hillary Clinton and throwing it Bernie Sanders' way instead, the New York Times reports.... More »

SC Ex-Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Is Out of Jail

Slager released on $500K bond after trial delay

(Newser) - Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer arrested, jailed, and fired for shooting unarmed black motorist Walter Scott , is out of custody for the first time since a few days after the April 4 shooting. A judge granted bail to the former North Charleston officer on Monday, saying he was... More »

'Historic' Settlement Made in Walter Scott Case

City says Garner, Gray cases were a guideline

(Newser) - The family of an unarmed black motorist shot in the back by a South Carolina police officer has been given a settlement that lawyers say is "historic"—and the biggest in recent cases of its kind. North Charleston's city council voted unanimously on Thursday to settle with... More »

This Is the Defense of the SC Cop Who Killed Walter Scott

Lawyer says unarmed man committed 4 felonies in 45 seconds

(Newser) - The former police officer facing a murder charge in the death of Walter Scott says video of him shooting the unarmed black man in the back multiple times doesn't tell the whole story. In a jailhouse interview, Michael Slager tells NBC News that he finds it upsetting that "... More »

Poor 'Deadbeat' Dads May Fall Into No Job-Jail Trap

Issue underscores what Walter Scott's family says happened in his case

(Newser) - The friend in the car with Walter Scott right before Scott's police-shooting death on April 4 says he'll "never know why he ran." But Scott's family says it's because he was afraid of being thrown in jail again for not paying child support, according... More »

Man in Car With Walter Scott Speaks, Just Once

Pierre Fulton doesn't know why he ran

(Newser) - Why Walter Scott bolted during a routine traffic stop is a mystery even to Pierre Fulton, the man in the Mercedes with Scott when he was pulled over by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. "Walter was a dear friend and I miss him every day," Fulton says... More »

After Scott Shot Dead, Talk of 'Pumping' Adrenaline

Dashcam captured conversation between officers

(Newser) - The dashcam in Michael Slager's patrol car captured more than the now-fired officer stopping Walter Scott for a busted taillight. The Guardian reports the camera recorded for an hour following that stop, and it picked up a conversation between two officers just after the shooting. It captures a senior... More »

Police Video Shows Scott Running From Patrol Car

Dash cam footage doesn't capture shooting

(Newser) - South Carolina police have released dash cam video of the traffic stop that led to the fatal shooting of Walter Scott. The footage doesn't capture the actual shooting by officer Michael Slager, notes NBC News . Instead it shows a routine stop for a broken tail light—until Scott bolts... More »

How Scott's Family Learned of Shooting Video

Before its release came a 'gentleman's agreement'

(Newser) - The family of Walter Scott plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police department in North Charleston, South Carolina, reports the Post and Courier . The details of the wrongful death suit haven't been ironed out, however, including whether it will include a racial component. The New ... More »

Man Who Filmed SC Shooting Considered Erasing Video

But he turned it over to Scott family instead

(Newser) - The disturbing video that resulted in murder charges for a North Charleston, SC, police officer almost never saw the light of day. In an MSNBC interview, Feiden Santana says he feared for his life after taking video of Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back as the 50-year-old Scott... More »

South Carolina Cop Fired After Fatal Shooting

Mayor says every officer in North Charleston will wear body cameras

(Newser) - With protests gaining steam, the city of North Charleston is trying to stay aggressive in its reaction to a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black man: Officer Michael Slager, who already has been charged with murder , has been fired from the force, the mayor said today.... More »

What the Video Shows in Cop Killing of SC Black Man

It's not clear whether Walter Scott really grabbed officer's Taser

(Newser) - A white South Carolina cop stands accused of murdering an unarmed black man: What exactly does video of the Saturday incident show?
  • Before the video begins: Officer Michael Slager, 33, says he pulled Walter Scott, 50, over because Scott's Mercedes-Benz had a broken taillight. Slager says Scott fled and
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SC Cop Charged With Murder After Shooting Unarmed Man

Post and Courier: Video shows him firing 8 times as victim fled

(Newser) - A police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, is being charged with murder after a bystander's video appears to show him firing at a fleeing suspect eight times or more, reports the Post and Courier . (That story includes the video, which is graphic.) The video appears to contradict... More »

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