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Police officer charged with murder in South Carolina.
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The footage filmed by a bystander, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on Saturday after Scott ran from a traffic stop. It was the first piece of evidence contradicting an account Slager gave earlier this week through his attorney. [Post and Courier]

BEFORE THE video appeared, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager alleged that “during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer.” According to the Post and Courier, what happened next to explain the officer Slager’s movements is predictable. He “resorted to his service weapon and shot him.” This entire depiction has been proven to be fabricated, with the murder of Walter Scott by officer Slager caught on camera.

According to reporting by the Washington Post, Slager’s arrest fits the profile of other police officers who have been exposed in similar situations.

What’s also not conveyed in the data above is how often officers are convicted of crimes. South Carolina’s The State newspaper reported in March that 209 people had been shot at by police in the state in the last five years. A few of the officers were charged with breaking the law. None were convicted.

Walter Scott shooting from The Post and Courier on Vimeo.