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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The trial is starting for a former South Carolina police officer captured on video shooting an unarmed black motorist.

Potential jurors report Monday in Charleston as jury selection gets underway in the trial of 34-year-old Michael Slager.


The nation was stunned by cellphone video recorded by a bystander showing Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The jury will have to decide if the shooting is murder. If convicted Slager, faces 30 years to life.

Jury selection is also being held this week in a similar case in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose, who was pulled over for a missing license plate.

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3 thoughts on “Trial Of Officer Seen On Video Shooting Walter Scott To Begin

  1. Why didn’t he just let him run and track him down later? He didn’t even have to chase him. Scott wasn’t fighting, pointing a weapon or trying to run him over. He wasn’t threatening officer Slager. He had the car Mr. Scott was driving. I could even understand him shooting Mr. Scott had he been running while in possession of a weapon, to protect innocent bystanders. He was armed. He could have had him custody within the next hour or so. Why shoot him? There was simply no reason to shoot Mr. Scott.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Yeah, talk to me after the conviction and life sentence, which I already know if there is a conviction he will get no more than 18 months. Lying POS.

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