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Crowds line the streets for funeral of US shooting victim Walter Scott

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Published 11/04/2015 | 17:49

Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
The casket of Walter Scott is wheeled into W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for his funeral, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Eddie Bryan of North Charleston, South Carolina, rests on a stump outside the W.O.R.D. Ministry Christian Center in Summerville, South Carolina, April 11, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill
Judy Scott is escorted in for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Judy Scott weeps as she is escorted in for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Judy Scott arrives for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
The casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
A family member weeps while entering the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for the funeral of Walter Scott, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is wheeled in for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
Judy Scott, center, is escorted in for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
A family member weeps while entering the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for the funeral of Walter Scott, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
Judy Scott arrives for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
The casket of Walter Scott is wheeled into W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for his funeral, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)
Judy Scott, center, is escorted in for the funeral of her son, Walter Scott, at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
The casket of Walter Scott is wheeled into W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for his funeral, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool
The casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool

The funeral is taking place today of black driver Walter Scott, who was fatally shot by a North Charleston police officer after fleeing when he was pulled over for a broken brake light.

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Crowds lined the streets as two policemen on motorcycles drove ahead of the hearse as it arrived for the service in Summerville, South Carolina.

Police initially said Mr Scott was shot on April 4 during a tussle over police officer Michael Slager's department-issued Taser. But witness video surfaced later, showing Mr Scott being shot eight times as he ran away.

The officer has been charged with murder.

The incident sparked outrage as another instance of a white law enforcement officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man under questionable circumstances.

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