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 Monday.
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.
The family of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in South Carolina says they are happy a grand jury has indicted the former officer on a murder charge.
A lawyer for the family of 50-year-old Walter Scott says they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of North Charleston. Attorney Chris Stewart’s announcement came moments after a prosecutor announced the indictment Monday.
Walter Scott’s brother Rodney Scott says the family is “very happy and pleased” with the indictment of former officer Michael Slager, who is white.