Ex-SC Cop Indicted in Walter Scott's Death

Michael Slager faces 30 years to life if convicted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 8, 2015 10:31 AM CDT
Ex-SC Cop Indicted in Walter Scott's Death
This photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Officer Michael Slager on April 7, 2015.   (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A white former North Charleston police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer. The April 4 shooting was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott. The shooting rekindled the ongoing national debate about the treatment of black suspects at the hands of white officers.

Slager was charged almost immediately after the video surfaced. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson announced the indictment today. Wilson said earlier the death penalty does not seem to apply because there were no aggravating circumstances such as robbery or kidnapping as required under South Carolina law. The 33-year-old Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. (Read more Michael Slager stories.)

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