A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder.
A press report from Charleston Mayor, Keith Summey, said that city police officer, Michael Slager, has been fired.
The fatal shooting of the local black man, 50-year-old Walter Scott who was a father of four, was caught on video by witnesses who say Scott, an unarmed man, was running at the time with his back to the 33-year-old officer.
This latest incident comes on the heels of recent protests and outcries of racism and police brutality in the US.
North Charleston officials held a news conference expressing revulsion and asking people to remain calm amid dozens of demonstrators who were protesting the fatal shooting. Some were holding signs reading “The whole world is watching” and “Back turned, don’t shoot”.
North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said, “I have been praying for peace, peace for the family and peace for this community.”
Slager was charged Tuesday with the murder of Walter Scott. The Saturday shooting was captured on video which was handed over to Scott’s family. Police say the shooting happened after Slager stopped Scott for a broken tail light. The death is being investigated by the US Department of Justice.
Summey said that the remainder of the North Charleston police force will soon be equipped with body cameras.
Slager joined the North Charleston unit in 2009.