In South Carolina Protests held over man who was shot 8 times in the back

Various protesters were seen carrying placards conveying their general frustrations over the huge discriminations the black community faces from the police force.

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play Protesters joined local politicians outside City Hall in North Charleston (BBC)
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In the wake of the surfaced video which showed a white police officer fatally shoot an unarmed black man on Saturday, protests have erupted in South Carolina.

BBC reports that about 50 protesters joined local politicians outside City Hall in North Charleston on Wednesday morning as cries of "Black lives matter!" rang out.

Various protesters were seen carrying placards conveying their general frustrations over the huge discriminations the black community faces from the police force, with one woman shouting:

"We cannot sit still and be quiet anymore. This is our season to speak!"

Officer Michael Slager shot Walter Scott in the back 8 times after Scott was pulled over for a broken tail light. Following a brief scuttle where officer Slager had previously alleged that Scott tried to pull his stun gun, the video shows Scott running away at which point the police officer proceeds to fatally shoot Scott.

play There is an increasing outcry of police officer shootings, particularly those that involve white officers and unarmed black suspects (BBC)

 

Officer Slager has since been fired after the video of the incident surfaced and subsequently charged with murder.

Speaking on the episode, North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said he was "sickened" by the video, while the US Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating the matter.

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America breakfast programme, the mother of the deceased, Judy Scott, described the video as "the most horrible thing I've ever seen".

"I almost couldn't look at it to see my son running defencelessly, being shot. It tore my heart to pieces," she said.

The incident comes in the wake of heightened scrutiny on police officer shootings, particularly those that involve white officers and unarmed black suspects, as in the case of Michael Brown last August, which lead to nationwide protests.

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