Judge Will Allow Jury to See Footage of Cop Shooting Unarmed Citizen

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A federal judge in Charleston, South Carolina has denied a motion to keep a cellphone video of a white former police officer shooting an unarmed black motorist to death out of sight of the jury in the ex-officer’s upcoming trial.

Dan McCue | Courthouse News Service





Defense attorneys for Michael Slager asked U.S. District Judge David Norton to exclude the video as evidence, arguing that it only shows the actual shooting and not what they contend are the critical moments when the North Charleston police officer struggled with motorist Walter Scott.

Slager has always maintained that after Scott ran from a routine traffic stop in April 2015, the two men had a physical confrontation during which the motorist grabbed the officer’s stun gun.

The cellphone video, recorded by a passerby, begins after that, the defense says, and is therefore prejudicial.

The video shows Slater shooting Scott five times in the back as the motorist runs away.

“The relevant perspective is the officer’s perspective,” defense attorney Donald McCune told Norton during an hour-long hearing Friday morning.

But U.S. Attorney Jared Fishman responded by arguing the video is relevant because it shows the moment Slager used deadly force on Scott.




“The video unambiguously shows the defendant shooting a man as he ran away,” Fishman said.

“It allows the jury to see clearly Scott did not have a Taser in his hand at the moment he was shot.”

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  • Anastasia Beavenhouser

    HE SHOT AN UNARMED MAN IN THE BACK, HE WAS KILLED LIKE A DOG IN THE STREETS! THIS COP SHOULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE

  • Goku Kakarot Son

    Yes the video is lying..everybody else is lying..Your eyes are deceiving you. This super smart hero cop risked his life shooting a dangerous criminal who was trying to trying to take his gun. That is a great trick that criminal pulled. Trying to take the officers gun from 20 feet away whilst running with his back to this ethical hero. Only cop eyes can see what really happens in that video..It shows a man defending himself (feared for his safety) by shooting another in the back multiple times.

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