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    Policeman Responsible for Killing Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina Fired

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    North Charleston, South Carolina Police Department (NCPD) dismissed the white police officer Michael Slager, who fatally shot an unarmed African American Walter Scott on Saturday, NCPD Chief Eddie Driggers said on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The video of the fatal accident, shot by a passerby, was released on Tuesday. It showed the white police officer Michael Slager, aged 33, shooting 50-year-old unarmed African-American Walter Scott in the back. Slager was arrested later on Tuesday and charged with murder.

    “He is terminated. He is no longer here,” Driggers said during a press conference.

    The US Department of Justice said the case will be investigated by the FBI and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

    Walter Scott was the 300th person reported to have been killed by United States police since the first of the year.

    As of April 7, there have been 10 more deaths since Scott, bringing the total to 310 known cases of people being killed by the police in 2015. There were 91 deaths in January, 85 in February, 115 in March, and 19 in the first 6 days of April, according to killedbypolice.net.  This averages out to one person dead at the hands of police every seven and half hours.

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