NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer in South Carolina while running away is marking the one year that has passed since his death.
Local news outlets report the family of 50-year-old Walter Scott is holding a moment of silence at his gravesite Monday. The family says Scott’s mother, brother and other relatives will lay flowers on his grave and then address the media.
Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, death of Scott, who was running from a traffic stop. The shooting, captured on cellphone video, reignited the national debate about how blacks are treated by law enforcement officers.
Slager is out on bond before his trial, which is expected later this year.