Monday, June 8, 2015

Former South Carolina Officer Is Indicted in Death of Walter Scott

A former police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge on Monday in connection with the April 4 shooting death of Walter L. Scott, which was recorded by a passer-by and became a resonating symbol in the national debate about police behavior.

The former officer, Michael T. Slager, had been jailed on a murder charge since April 7, when the video became public. Mr. Slager’s lawyers have so far made no request for bail, and his indictment in Charleston County had been widely expected. The North Charleston Police Department fired him after the shooting, which city officials criticized in stark and unsparing terms.


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