North Charleston, S.C., Police Officer Michael T. Slager is now behind bars after shooting an unarmed Black man in the back on Saturday. Slager, 33, shot and killed Walter L. Scott, as he was running away. Slager then lied and said his victim was the aggressor, but a passerby caught it all on camera.
Slager has been charged with murder.
Scott, who was pulled over for a minor traffic stop, is a Navy veteran. The only thing on his record was owing back child support. Slager also tried to plant his Taser on Scott’s dead body.
North Charleston’s mayor, Keith Summey, called Slager’s actions a “bad decision,” saying, “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. If you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”