Mike Slager tù & S.Carolina sẽ hao bạc triệu
4 Apr 2015
Video dưới chứng tỏ cảnh sát viên Mike T. Slager sau khi bắn vào sau lưng Walter L. Scott đang chạy, Slager đã còng tay người đã chết ngắt, rồi còn đi quơ tang vật đem lại bỏ cạnh Scott.
Video chứng tỏ Slager sát nhân, đã làm Luật Sư David Aylor từ bỏ đại diện,Thị Trưởng Keith Summey tuyên bố Slager phải ra tòa đối diện với án 30 năm tù, và Tiểu Bang South Carolina sẽ phải tốn rất bộn tiền bồi thường cho gia đình của Scott.
SC officer charged with murder in black man's death
BRUCE SMITH and JEFFREY COLLINS
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dramatic video that shows a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop has led authorities to file a murder charge against the officer amid public outrage over a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement agents.
The video, provided to the dead man's family and lawyer by an unidentified person who shot the footage, shows North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager firing eight shots at the back of Walter Lamer Scott as Scott runs away. The 50-year-old man falls after the eighth shot, fired after a brief pause.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charge at a news conference Tuesday in which he said Slager had made "a bad decision." Authorities said Scott was shot after the officer had already hit the man with a stun gun after a traffic stop Saturday that began over a faulty brake light.
"When you're wrong, you're wrong," Summey told reporters. "When you make a bad decision, don't care if you're behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision."
Slager, who has been with the North Charleston police for five years, was denied bond at a first appearance hearing Tuesday. He was not accompanied by a lawyer. If convicted, he could face 30 years to life in prison.
Scott's family and their attorney, L. Chris Stewart, called for calm and peaceful protests. They said the murder charge showed that the justice system is working in this case.
Stewart said the video forced authorities to act quickly and decisively. "What if there was no video? What if there was no witness, or hero as I call him, to come forward?" asked Stewart.
Slager's then-attorney David Aylor had released a statement Monday saying the officer felt threatened and that Scott was trying to grab Slager's stun gun. Aylor dropped Slager as a client after the video surfaced.
The footage was also released to news media outlets:
It shows Scott falling after the shots and then the officer slowly walking toward Scott and ordering the man to put his hands behind his back. When Scott doesn't move, Slager pulls his arms back and cuffs his hands. Then he walks briskly back to where he fired the shots, picks up an object, and returns the 30 feet or so back to Scott before dropping the object by Scott's feet, the video shows.
The video prompted condemnations from law-and-order Republican leaders in South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley issued a statement saying Slager's actions were not acceptable and did not reflect the state's values or "the way most of our law enforcement officials act."
Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is not related to Walter Scott, called the shooting unnecessary and avoidable. "My heart aches for the family, our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely," he wrote on Twitter. Tim Scott is the only black U.S. senator from a Southern state.
Walter Scott may have tried to run from the officer because he owed child support, which can lead to jail time in South Carolina until it is paid, Stewart said. Scott had four children, was engaged and had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard. There were no violent offenses on his record, the attorney said. Stewart said the family plans to sue the police department.
Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said the Federal Bureau of Investigation also will investigate. NorthCharleston is South Carolina's third-largest city. For years, it battled an economic slump caused by the mid-1990s closing of the Charleston Naval Base on the city's waterfront.
The city has bounced back since, largely because of a huge investment by Boeing, which has a 787 aircraft manufacturing plant in the city and employs about 7,500 people in South Carolina, most in North Charleston.