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Walter Scott shooting: Dash-cam footage shows US policeman charged with murder pulling Scott over

Published 10/04/2015 | 07:41

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.

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The video shows Officer Michael Slager pulling over the car of Mr Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The dash-cam recording shows now-former Officer Slager at the window of Mr Scott's car before Scott attempts to run away
The dash-cam recording shows now-former Officer Slager at the window of Mr Scott's car before Scott attempts to run away

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.

In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be struggling with City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be struggling with City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (R) is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015. REUTERS/HANDOUT via Reuters
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is seen standing over 50-year-old Walter Scott after allegedly shooting him in the back as he ran away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015. REUTERS/HANDOUT via Reuters
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (R) is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015. REUTERS/HANDOUT via Reuters
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager will be charged with murder over the shooting death of a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him, local authorities said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

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.

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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.”

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager will be charged with murder over the shooting death of a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him, local authorities said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager will be charged with murder over the shooting death of a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him, local authorities said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

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