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MICHAEL T. SLAGER CASE 1 Michael T. Slager Case CRJ-100 February 17, 2018 Background
MICHAEL T. SLAGER CASE 2 In North Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, April 4, 2015, a 33-year-old white male who had been a police officer for the North Charleston Police Department for 5 years named Michael Thomas Slager shot and killed 50-year-old Walter Lamar Scott. Scott a black male who worked at a warehouse as a forklift operator, had 4 children and owed more than $18,000 in child support. 2012 was the last time he had made any payment on what was owed and in 2013 a bench warrant for his arrest was issued, but he had yet to be arrested two years later. On this Saturday at 1945 Remount Road, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406 in the parking lot of Auto Parts Officer Slager conducted what should have been a routine traffic stop for a brake light that was not working on a 1991 Mercedes being driven by Mr. Scott. Officer Slager’s dashcam shows the initial interaction, where he got out and spoke to Mr. Scott and then went back inside his vehicle during this time Mr. Scott got out of his car and ran, Officer Slager exited his vehicle and chased after him. While chasing after him, they entered a lot behind Mega Pawn on 5654 Rivers Ave North Charleston South Carolina 29406 which was a 1-minute drive, a 2-minute walk of 420 ft between where they started. A physical altercation began and Scott “resisted arrest” Slager then fired both of his Taser cartridges. The first attempt with the Taser showed no effect on Scott and didn’t slow him down so Slager fired a second Taser which did work and dropped Scott to the ground, but Scott was able to get back up and continue to flee. Once Scott started his next attempt to flee Slager drew is weapon and began firing a total of 8 rounds at Scott from behind approximately 15 to 20 feet away. Officer Slager who initially pled “not guilty” testified saying “I knew I was in trouble, I was in total fear Mr. Scott didn’t stop, continued to come towards me.” which is why he claims he shot.

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