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White South Carolina cop charged with murdering a black man

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 - 01:15

(Warning: graphic content) Bystander video leads to murder charges for a white South Carolina cop after he is seen shooting a black man in the back as he ran away. Julie Noce reports.

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A South Carolina police officer has been charged with murdering a black man after video surfaced showing the officer shooting the man in the back as he ran away. The video, recorded by a bystander, shows officer Michael Slager firing his weapon eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott who falls to the ground. Scott's family members spoke to media shortly after the charges were announced. SOUNDBITE (English) BROTHER OF DECEASED ANTHONY SCOTT SAYING: "if there wasn't a video, would we know the truth? Or would we have gone with what was reported earlier? But we do know the truth now." The incident happened Saturday after Scott was pulled over for driving with a broken taillight. According to police reports, Slager said that Scott had taken his stun gun, but in the video, Scott does not appear to be armed while fleeing. State investigators decided to charge Slager with murder after reviewing the video. SOUNDBITE (English) NORTH CHARLESTON MAYOR KEITH SUMMEY SAYING: "As a result of that video and bad decisions made by our officer, he will be charged with murder." The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation.

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White South Carolina cop charged with murdering a black man

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 - 01:15