moment man flees car and ends up being shot in back by us cop
The traffic stop starts like any other: An officer pulls over a motorist, walks up to the driver's side window and asks for license and registration.
What happened minutes later appears to take place without any obvious sign of provocation that would lead to a fatal shooting: The driver opens the door and runs, and the officer chases after him.
Video released from the dashboard of South Carolina police Officer Michael Thomas Slager's cruiser captures the very first moments he and black motorist Walter Scott meet, a benign encounter at its earliest stages. It changes quickly as Scott takes off running and the officer runs after him.
The video captures the moments leading up to a shooting death that has sparked outrage as the latest example of a white police officer killing an unarmed black man.
The shooting itself was captured by an eyewitness on his iPhone and provided the impetus for the officer to be charged with murder.
Questions remained in South Carolina over how the traffic stop turned deadly. The on-board video provides a more complete picture of the encounter. The shooting took place Saturday and the police and Slager's lawyer said the officer fired in self-defence during a scuffle over his stun gun.
Within days, the eyewitness video surfaced and immediately changed perceptions of what happened, leading the police to charge Slager with murder and fire him from the force he'd worked on for five years. The dashboard camera shows Scott being pulled over in a used Mercedes-Benz he had purchased just days earlier. Police have said he was being stopped for a broken tail light.
Slager is seen walking toward the driver's side window and heard asking for Scott's license and registration. Slager then returns to his cruiser. Next, the video shows Scott starting to get out of the car, his right hand raised above his head, then he quickly gets back into the car and closes the door.
Seconds later, he opens the door again and takes off running. Within a block or two, out of the dashboard camera's view, Slager catches up to him in an empty lot. A bystander noticed the confrontation and pushed record on his phone, capturing video that has outraged Americans: it shows Scott running away again, and Slager firing eight shots at his back.
Both Slager (33) and Scott (55) were US Coast Guard veterans. Slager had one complaint in his personnel file of excessive force that was ultimately dismissed. Scott had been jailed repeatedly for failing to pay child support. Neither man had a record of violence. Slager consistently earned positive reviews in his five years with the North Charleston Police.
The officer, whose wife is eight months pregnant, is being held without bond pending an August 21 hearing on a charge of murder that could put him in prison for 30 years to life.