Charleston officer who shot man previously investigated for improper force against African-Americans
North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers will not address if Walter Scott actually handled the officer's stun gun.
Pastor Thomas Dixon with The Coalition says police brutality among African-Americans has gone on long enough.
By: Taylor Herlong
A disturbing video surfaced this week showing a North Charleston police officer shooting and killing a man he had stopped for a traffic offense. Recently, new details have unfolded including the discovery that this is not the first time someone had claimed officer Michael Slager used improper force against an African-American.
Graphic video shows Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back as Scott was running away. The officer immediately called on his radio blaming the struggle with Scott over his stun gun.
"Dispatch. Shots fired. Subject is down. He grabbed my taser," said Slager.
The video shows Slager dropping an object the size of the stun gun near Scott's lifeless body, and later, when other officers arrived, picking it back up. As soon as the video surfaced, Slager was fired and charged with murder.
North Charleston's Police Chief and Mayor will not address if Coast Guard Veteran Walter Scott ever even touched the stun gun.
"What we're trying to do is make sure that the family has an adequate time to put their son to rest. After that, we will start talking," said Driggers.
The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.
This is not the first time Slager had issues with his taser. He was the subject of two civilian complaints during his five years on the force including one in 2013 for improper use of force, using a taser on an African-American male. The shooting has again highlighted the tensions between law enforcement and African-American citizens in many communities.
Pastor Thomas Dixon, with the The Coalition, says the racial problem needs to be addressed.
"It's a problem. We have a thoroughly disconnected relationship with the law enforcement and the community," said Dixon.
North Charleston police say without the eye-witness video, the arrest and charge most likely would not have been made.