A police officer, accused on Tuesday of murder, shoot an African-American man in South Carolina.
A white police officer faces charges for murder once they broadcast a video which shows that the officer fired from behind an African-American man while trying to escape, said the Mayor of North Charleston, South Carolina.
The officer, Michael T. Slager, had said that he fired because he fear for his life when the man took his stun gun in a fight after having indicated that he stopped his car. However, a video released Tuesday shows the officer shoot eight times while African American, identified as Walter Lamar of 50 years, trying to flee. State charges were announced at a press conference on Tuesday night.
The videos that were recorded by a passerby, whose name has not been revealed, appear to show the moments when Scott starts to flee from the police, but officer stun gun is not visible in the video, said the lawyer of the family of Scott, Chris Stewart.
The incident was triggered when Michael Slager, white and 33-year-old agent, ordered to stop the driver of a vehicle by traveling with a broken light. Walter Scott ran after the vehicle up to a plot where the agent shot him several shots that ended his life.
In the video it is observed as the police ordered the victim to put the arms behind the back after having been killed in the ground.
“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. When you make a bad decision, no matter if you are an officer or a citizen of the street; you have to deal with that decision “North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said.
This event joins the worrying list of cases of white police officers who killed unarmed African American citizen’s dead or in controversial circumstances.