Walter Scott shooting: Dash-cam footage shows US policeman charged with murder pulling Scott over
Authorities have released the dash-cam video of a US policeman who has been charged with the murder of a black man who attempted to flee a traffic stop.
The video shows Officer Michael Slager pulling over the car of Mr Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The footage, from the dashboard camera in Slager’s patrol cam, has been released by investigating authorities two days after the now-former policeman was charged with murder.
A video recorded by a witness to the shooting shows the policeman shooting Scott eight times as he attempts to run away. It then appears to show Slager placing his taser gun beside the injured Scott.
It has been reported Slager called for back-up to the scene and claimed he shot in defence after Scott stole his taser gun and threatened him with it.
In this later video, released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Slager is seen approaching Scott’s car and the two have a short conversation before the officer returns to his patrol car.
Fifty-year-old Scott steps out of his car before the cop tells him to get back inside. Just a few moments later, Scott opens the door and runs off.
This video does not show the shooting, but a witness to the incident said there was a scuffle on the ground beforehand.
Meanwhile, the former officer’s mother told ABC News she ‘couldn’t imagine’ her son shooting anybody.
“I just can’t,” Karen Sharpe said.
“Maybe to some people, ‘Well, you’re being in denial,’ but I’m sorry I just can’t. I just I know how Michael is.”