NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An unidentified bystander recorded video footage of a white South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man as he ran away after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. The video was provided to the dead man’s family and their lawyer, and released to media outlets.
Here is a description of what the footage shows.
BEFORE THE SHOOTING
The video starts in the middle of the confrontation. It does not show the initial traffic stop. Neither Walter Scott’s vehicle nor North Charleston Officer Michael Slager’s service vehicle can be seen.
Slager has said Walter Scott reached for his stun gun. The video shows the two having an interaction. Slager, who is white, reaches toward Scott, who is black. But the nature of the interaction is unclear.
Scott is seen breaking away from the officer and starting to run in the grassy, lightly wooded area. With Scott at a distance with his back turned to the officer, Slager draws his gun and takes a wide stance as he aims. He’s heard firing seven shots in quick succession, followed by a pause, then an eighth shot.
After the shots, Scott stumbles and falls to the ground. The officer walks slowly toward Scott and can be heard saying: “Put your hands behind your back.”
He stands over Scott, then is seen lifting an arm and apparently handcuffing him. Slager then jogs back to where the site of their initial interaction and bends over, appearing to pick something up.
A second officer — who is black — approaches the site where Scott fell and puts on blue gloves. Slager appears to drop the object near Scott.
Slager stands close by while the second officer squats over Scott. The second officer moves away, and Slager reaches down to apparently take Scott’s pulse.
Two other officers arrive a short time later in a squad car.
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