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Cop Who Shot Walter Scott Gets Bail




Michael Slager is out of jail …

The white ex-North Charleston, S.C. police officer – who sparked a national uproar when he shot fleeing black suspect Walter Scott nine months ago – was released this week on a $500,000 bond.

News of Slager’s release was first reported by CNN.

The judge who granted it?  Clifton Newman, a circuit court judge from Kingstree, S.C.  For those of you keeping score at home, Newman is black (a fact CNN conveniently neglected to mention).

Slager shot and killed Scott in April following a routine traffic stop.  Scott fled from Slager because he feared being arrested for not paying his child support.  The shooting likely would have never made headlines had the incident not been captured by an amateur videographer.

Prior to the release of the amateur video, North Charleston police claimed Scott was gunned down by Slager because he posed a legitimate threat to the officer’s safety – having engaged in a scuffle with Slager which resulted in Scott obtaining the officer’s taser weapon.  Police also said Scott was fatally shot following a “foot pursuit” and that officers attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an attempt to revive him.

The video debunked most – if not all – of those claims.

It clearly depicted Slager shooting Scott multiple times in the back, which we described as “the unnecessary use of deadly force against a suspect.”

“Rather than attempting to provide medical assistance to Scott in the aftermath of the shooting, Slager handcuffed his victim and then stood off at a distance waiting for his backup to arrive,” we added.  “The handcuffing may have been protocol in the aftermath of a shooting, but officers are taught to treat wounds.”

More to the point, officers are taught not to shoot at fleeing suspects unless they are armed or sought in connection with violent crimes.

Slager was terminated from his position and charged with murder just days after the video was released – and was originally denied bail by Newman, who described him as a flight risk and a danger to the community.

So why would the same judge release him months after the fact?

According to Newman, a recent order by the S.C. Supreme Court enabling prosecutors to delay action on other cases in anticipation of this summer’s big case involving confessed “Holy City Massacre” perpetrator Dylann Storm Roof.

Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, gunned down nine black parishioners at a church in downtown Charleston, S.C. last June.  His trial is scheduled to begin on July 11.