Cop charged with murder after shooting Black man in back

Michael Slager

If you have not heard of Walter Scott, you soon will. Scott was gunned down Saturday morning by North Charleston, South Carolina, Officer Michael Thomas Slager. The officer pulled Scott over for a broken taillight. At some point, Scott exited the car and was standing in a vacant lot with Slager. For whatever reason, Scott turns and begins to run away from the officer. Slager stands flat-footed in a shooting stance as the unarmed Scott runs away, and Scott is shot in the back multiple times.

Slager is then seen handcuffing the slain Scott and then drops his Taser stun gun by the body. Slager later alleges that the reason he shot Scott was because he tried to grab his Taser gun. Unbeknownst to Slager, the entire incident was caught on cellphone video by a bystander. Slager has been charged with first-degree murder.


Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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