New details are unfolding in the murder case of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old father of four who was shot eight times in the back and killed by Michael Slager last week in North Charleston, SC.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Department released the dashcam from Slager’s car on Thursday. Initially pulling over Walter Scott for a broken tail light, the officer approaches the car’s driver’s side and asks for license and registration. Scott hands over the license but says he doesn’t have insurance or registration information because he was in the process of buying the Mercedes Sedan.
Slager returns to his car with Scott’s license while Scott and his passenger wait. When Slager returns to the car, Scott tried to get out of the car and run, but was ordered back inside the car. After another moment, he opens the door and runs into the distance. The camera doesn’t see where he’s going, but you can hear Slager yelling after Scott. The passenger is still in the car.
Slager alerts dispatch and calls for backup.
In an interview with USA Today, Thom Berry, a spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, stated “I have been told that none of the (dashboard) cameras have the incident itself. Most of it will be driving to the scene, parking the vehicles.”
Because multiple cars responded to the call, there are “potentially hours of video” being reviewed by the department. The investigation also includes the cellphone footage from Fiedin Santana, the bystander who witnessed the shooting.
Michael Slager has been fired from the police department and charged with murder. If convicted, he faces 30 years to life in prison or the death penalty.