Grand jury indicts former South Carolina police officer in Walter Scott shooting
AmNews Staff Reports | 6/8/2015, 12:41 p.m.
Reports indicate that the ex-police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in South Carolina has been indicted by a grand jury.
Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager was arrested and charged with murder in April. The announcement of the indictment was made Monday by the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
"The facts that were presented to us by SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) warranted a Grand Jury," Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said at a news conference Monday.
The shooting took place when 50-year-old Scott was hit five times as he ran away from Slager who fired his gun. Slager pulled Scott and another man over for a traffic stop.
The entire incident was caught on cellphone video which shows a scuffle between Slager and Scott and several objects falling to the ground. After Scott runs away, Slager tried to Taser Scott but fails. He then draws his gun and fires eight shots at Scott when he gets 10 feet away from him.
Demonstrations and protests soon followed in South Carolina over the shooting many believed to be racially motivated.
Slager, 33, was a 1st Class Patrolman serving on the force for five years and has had two prior complaints filed against him, according to reports. In 2013, a man claimed Slager shot him with a Taser for no reason. In another incident, Slager allegedly pulled a man out of his house only with his boxers on and Tased him.
If convicted, Slager could face the death penalty or 30 years to life in prison.