Officer Charged After Fleeing Man Shot Dead
A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after he shot dead a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him.North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said investigators charged 33-year-old policeman Michael Slager after video emerged of the shooting in South Carolina.
The footage appears to show Slager firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, who was running away at the time.
The altercation took place on Saturday and began when Mr Scott was pulled over for a traffic stop.
The officer is seen with his weapon raised before firing at the fleeing man. Scott falls face-first to the ground.
Mr Summey told a news conference: "He (Slager) will be charged with murder.
"That's not something that we like to hear, or like to say. But it goes to say how we work as a community.
"When you're wrong, you're wrong. If you make a bad decision, I don't care if you're behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision."
He added: "We as a city want the (victim's) family to know that our hearts and our thoughts are with them."
"But, through the process, justice has been served. I don't think that all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there.
"I don't want to see anyone get shot down the way my brother got shot down."
North Charleston Police say Slager was arrested by officers of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also launched an investigation into the shooting, which comes after a series of police killings of unarmed black men.
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