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Walter Scott Shooting: Police Officer Charged With Murder








A South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man Saturday is being charged with murder, officials announced today.

Police cited witness video that appears to show the moment when the officer fatally shot a driver whom he had pulled over this weekend, and the victim's family attorney, who gave the video to ABC News, believes it could prove that the officer used excessive force.

North Charleston officer Michael Slager will now be charged with murdering Walter 'Lamar' Scott, 50, who died shortly after the Saturday morning incident. A murder conviction in the state could lead to the death penalty or life in prison, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

The two videos that Scott family attorney Chris Stewart says were recorded by a bystander, whose name has not been released, appear to show the moments when Scott begins to run away from the officer. While the officer’s stun gun is not visible in the video, what appears to be a string is visible stretching from Scott to Officer Slager, where it was apparently attaching the stun gun to his clothing. Scott is seen running away from Slager as the officer proceeds to fire eight successive shots in Scott's direction before Scott falls to the ground.

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