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North Charleston NAACP 'Not Satisfied' With Police Officer's Murder Charge

In this frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. (Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart via AP)
In this frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart, representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder on Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back. (Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart via AP)

A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. was charged with murder Tuesday after a video surfaced of that officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back, as he tried to run away.

The shooting took place after officer Michael Slager, 33, pulled over 50-year-old Walter Scott for a broken taillight. Police say a struggle ensued and Scott began running away with the officer’s Taser when Officer Slager fired his weapon eight times.

Ed Bryant, president of the NAACP’s North Charleston chapter spoke with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the incident and what he says is a history of abuse from North Charleston’s police force against the city’s black community.

Guest

  • Ed Bryant, president of the North Charleston chapter of the NAACP.

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