NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (MEDIA GENERAL/AP) – A challenging news conference revealed changes already in the works in North Charleston after a white officer was charged with murder for shooting and killing a black man running away from him.
Michael Slager is facing murder charges and being held without bail for the death of Walter Scott. The shooting of Scott was captured on video and released to multiple media outlets. In the video, Slager is seen firing at Scott’s back eight times. He’s also seen dropping something at Scott’s side after the shooting and handcuffing the man after he was already shot.
The mayor North Charleston announced Wednesday that Michael Slager has been fired from the force. No other officers have been disciplined other than Slager. Meanwhile, demonstrators at the news conference called on the mayor to resign.
Body Cameras Ordered
The mayor of North Charleston announced at a news conference Wednesday that he has ordered body cameras be worn by every single officer on the force. That comment brought applause from demonstrators in the audience.
The White House has weighed in as well. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the case illustrates how body cameras worn by officers can help build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He also said the video is “awfully hard to watch.”
Another Video to be Released
A spokesman for the North Charleston police department says a state agency has told him they hope to release dash-cam video that will help shed light on what happened before a white officer fatally shot a black man.
Spokesman Spencer Pryor said state law enforcement agents investigating the shootingtold him they hope to release the dash-cam video Thursday. They want to allow a prosecutor enough time to review it.
Looking Into Past Cases
Reporters asked if police will be looking at past cases investigated by Officer Slager. Officials said they would look into any concerns brought to them. However, they hurried that answer and after another difficult question, the news conference was quickly brought to a close.