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    Judge Denies Bail to South Carolina Ex-Cop Charged in Walter Scott’s Death

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    On Monday, a judge refused to grant bail to the white North Charleston police officer charged with the killing of motorist Walter Scott, who was black and unarmed.

    Michael Slager, 33, has remained behind bars and in isolation ever since he was arrested in April for the fatal shooting of the unarmed 50-year-old man.  The shooting was captured on camera by a witness and posted online, leading to nationwide outrage.

    Slager had pleaded with the court to release him on house arrest so that he could be with his infant son, who was born shortly after he was arrested.

    “I’m not a flight risk to the community or a danger,” Slager pleaded with the judge.

    The incident began on April 4, when Scott was pulled over for a busted brake light and had exited his vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene.  As Slager caught up, the officer tased him as Scott continued to try to run.

    Slager then shot Scott eight times in the back.

    The video also shows that Slager ran back toward where the initial tasing occurred and picked something up off the ground. He is then seen going back to Scott’s body and dropping an object next to him — which many believe to be the taser.

    Feidin Santana, the witness who filmed the incident, initially did not release the video out of fear of retaliation, but opted to when it became clear that the officer’s version of events did not match up to what was captured in the video.

    Slager faces a possible 30 years to life without parole if convicted.  The trial is expected to take place some time in 2016.


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