In US White police officer charged for shooting unarmed black man 8 times in the back

A video shows 33-year old white police officer Michael Slager, shooting a black 50-year old man, Walter Scott in the back as he ran away.

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Following the emergence of a video showing a white police officer shooting a black man in the back 8 times, a white police officer has been charged with murder.

The video which was recorded by a by-stander had shown the police officer, 33-year old Michael Slager, shooting a black 50-year old man, Walter Scott in the back as he ran away.

The victim, Scott had been pulled over for a broken brake light and after a brief scuttle between the duo, Scott begins to run away. Slager then fires 8 shots at him and he slumps into the grass.

Slager then approaches Scott who's face down on the ground and puts him in handcuffs. He then walks several paces back to where he opened fire, before returning to the now deceased Scott and appears to drop an object next to him on the ground.

Al Jazeera reports that North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said on Tuesday that state investigators decided to charge officer Michael Slager with the murder of Walter Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning.

Speaking with reporters, Summey said:

"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."

A police incident report says that Slager, who joined the department in 2009, told other officers Scott had taken his stun gun. But in the video, Scott does not appear to be armed while fleeing from Slager.

The episode comes at a time of heightened tension between white police officers and black men, especially heightened after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri which sparked nationwide protests.

 

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