White policemen still killing blacks in US (See video)
A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after video emerged of him shooting a black man running away from him. State investigators arrested North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on Tuesday after viewing the mobile phone video of the shooting.
Authorities say victim Walter Lamer Scott was shot after the officer had already targeted him with a stun gun. The US Department of Justice is set to launch an investigation.
Announcing the arrest, Mayor Keith Summey said “When you make a bad decision, I don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision.”
Police officers in the US fatally shoot and kill hundreds of people each year, but only a handful of cases result in the officer facing criminal charges.
The incident on Saturday began after Scott’s car was stopped for having a broken rear light, local media reported.
A video of the incident shows a brief scuffle before Scott begins running away. The video then shows the officer firing several shots at Scott, who falls to the ground.
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