A Caucasian officer is now accused of murder after shooting a black man 8 times in the back in South Carolina. The charges have been made after a video depicting officer Michael Slager, 33, shooting the 50-year-old black man was published by the New York Times.
The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have separately begun investigating the matter.
The victim, Mr. Scott, was pulled over because of his car’s broken brake light. In the video, one could clearly see the clash between the two. At one point, Mr. Scott runs away and the officer pulls out his gun and fires at him 8 times. The victim is then seen falling face down on the ground.
According to the police incident report, Slager, who is in the department since 2009, had told investigators that Mr. Scott had taken his stun gun. The video, however, shows no such thing, as Mr. Scott seems unarmed.
After shooting the victim, officer Slager handcuffed Mr. Scott, placing his hands behind his back. The video then shows how the policeman walks back to where he was standing when he shot the man then returns to Mr. Scott’s body and apparently drops something next to him on the ground.
After the video surfaced, social media started buzzing with reactions. Most people consider that if it weren’t for the video, the officer might have never been arrested. One such Twitter post says:
“I guarantee if there was no video, the evidence would have automatically matched cops versions.”
This violent event comes at a time of great tension, the result of U.S. police frequently using force against black citizens, especially by white police officers. And this behavior took some lives.
Just last year, in Ferguson, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. This event sparked nationwide outrage, with many people protesting against police brutality aimed at black citizens.
More protests followed in Wisconsin, Georgia, New York and California as a result of other violent incidents occurring.
There are now a number of police departments under investigation. The U.S. Justice Department found clear evidence of racism among white police officers in the Ferguson police department. The Director of the FBI also acknowledged that racial prejudice was a serious issue in the police force.
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