Former Officer Indicted For Murder of Walter Scott

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Americans were in an outrage earlier this year after cell phone footage released of the shooting death of Walter Scott by the hands of a Charleston, S.C. police officer.

Walter Scoot lost his life due to the continuous police misconduct toward Black males in America. However, former officer Michael Slager has officially been indicted on charges of first degree murder.

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Via: NewYorkTimes

A former police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge on Monday in connection with the April 4 shooting death of Walter L. Scott, which was recorded by a passer-by and became a resonating symbol in the national debate about police behavior.

The former officer, Michael T. Slager, had been jailed on a murder charge since April 7, when the video became public.

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Mr. Slager’s lawyers have so far made no request for bail, and his indictment in Charleston County had been widely expected. The North Charleston Police Department fired him after the shooting, which city officials criticized in stark and unsparing terms.

Despite the intensive publicity surrounding the shooting, Scarlett A. Wilson, the local prosecutor, said Monday that she believed a local jury could be impaneled.

Ms. Wilson had previously announced that Mr. Slager would not face the death penalty because she did not believe that any of the required “aggravating circumstances” had occurred when he shot and killed Mr. Scott, 50.

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Mr. Scott’s death became a rallying point for critics of police conduct after months of protests about the deaths of black men at the hands of officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island.

People staged peaceful demonstrations in North Charleston, a city of about 104,000 people, after Mr. Scott’s death.

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