Charged with First Degree Murder
of Walter Scott
New cell phone video evidence has emerged from an anonymous eye-witness in the shooting of an unarmed Walter Scott causing South Carolina, North Charleston’s, Police Officer, Michael Thomas Slager, who shot eight rounds hitting Scott five times in the back, buttocks, and ear, while running away, on Saturday, April, 4, 2015, to be arrested with first degree murder charges, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
50-year-old Walter Lamar Scott was killed early Saturday morning April 4, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. during a routine daytime traffic stop, a broken tail light on his Mercedes Benz, in an incident gone wrong.
Initially, the Police Officer reported that Walter Scott was attempting to take the Officer’s Taser from him during a scuffle that spiraled into deadly force.
According to the first video below, Officer Slager is seen standing over the lifeless body of Scott laying on the ground, handcuffed.
The second video below shows the actual graphic footage of the shooting where Scott breaks free from the Officer as a scuffle ensues. Scott starts running away from the scene leading to the deadly shooting and later death of Scott.
Article dated April 7, 2015: Everything The Police Said About Walter Scott’s Death, Before a Video Showed What Really Happened (source: thinkprogress.com)
“A statement released by North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said a man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him.
That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer.
The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him, police alleged.”
Civil rights protests in North Charleston
following fatal shooting of Walter Scott
The Shooting of Walter Scott:
Walter Scott Shooting VIDEO: Police Officer Michael Slager
Shoots Black Man Multiple Times in Back
The cell phone video reveals, in detail, a quick struggle, an object (the Taser) flying in back of the officer hitting the ground. Mr. Scott breaks free from the Officer and sprints away from the scene while the Officer draws his revolver and starts shooting the now running panic-stricken Scott approximately eight times. The Officer then walks to Scott’s lifeless body, leans down and pulls Scott’s arms behind his back and handcuffs him.
The Slager & Scott Connection:
In an ironic turn, according to gma.yahoo.com, Officer Michael Slager and Walter Lamar Scott shared a common connection, both served in the U.S. Coast Guard together years before their confrontation:
“Both Officer Michael Slager and Walter “Lamar” Scott served in the U.S. Coast Guard years before their confrontation on Saturday in North Charleston left Scott dead and led to Slager being charged with murder on Tuesday.
The details about their interaction on Saturday morning are still yet to be confirmed, but now that Scott’s family has spoken out, more information about the dead man’s life have been publicly shared.”
Importance of Video Technology:
More and more emphasis is being placed on the importance of video technology and its role in providing actual footage as real-time events unfold. In this case, it turns a story of the attitude of “fearing for his life” from the officer by 180 degrees to “filing murder charges” thanks to the eye-witness who recorded the entire grisly event.
It’s believed this eye-witness had failed to come forward with his footage because of the possible onslaught of retaliation against him from law enforcement officials. Nonetheless, he overcame his fear and came forward.
Fear is permeating between the black and white community. From civil rights violations, the escalating police shootings against unarmed black men and the police attitude of “fearing for their lives” causing them to make deadly judgment calls.
I would not discount the possibility that Walter Scott ran from the officer because he, too, feared for his own life–after all the officer is armed with a stun gun, aka Taser, and side revolver and Scott has neither.
In this case, justice prevails:
- It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 21:15)
My sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Walter Lamar Scott.