Michael Slager, a South Carolina cop who has since been fired, was indicted by a grand jury following the April shooting of Walter Scott

By Drew Mackie
June 08, 2015 11:30 PM
North Charleston Sheriffs Office

Michael Slager, the police officer accused of shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in April, was indicted on a murder charge on Monday.

Slager is accused of shooting Walter Scott, 50, in the back after Scott tried to run away when Slager pulled him over in North Charleston, South Carolina. A bystander recorded the incident on video, and the release of the clip raised protests decrying needless use of force by police officers against African-Americans.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, chief prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said it has yet to be determined if there will be additional charges against Slager, who was fired from the North Charleston Police Department after the shooting. (In April, it was reported that other officers involved in the incident could face charges as well.)

“Just because you have video in a case, it doesn’t mean it’s the be-all, end-all and the case is over,” Wilson said. “The jury will be able to make up their own mind after seeing the video and hearing other testimony.”

Walter Scott’s brother, Rodney Scott, said in a press conference that his family was “happy and pleased” by the news.

Before his arrest, Slager had said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Scott.

According to a Reuters report, a conviction could carry a sentence of between 30 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Slager has been jailed since April 7, when the video was made public.

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