One day after the arrest of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, Mr. Scott’s family is speaking out.
In an interview with The Today Show, the victim’s father, Walter Scott Sr. stated that without the bystander’s video, his son’s death would have been ignored. “It would have never come to light. They would have swept it under the rug, like they did with many others.”
The video which was obtained by the New York Times on Tuesday shows Mr. Scott running away from Officer Slager, unarmed before being shot at eight times. Officer Slager contended that Mr. Scott stole his Taser before firing and then planted the electronic stun gun next to the body.
” When I saw it I fell to my feet and my heart was broken.” Mr. Scott Sr. said.
Officer Slager has been fired and is facing 30 years to life in prison or the death penalty if he is convicted.