Protesters condemn police shooting
Radio New Zealand International
April 8, 2015 6:33 pm
Protests are being held in the US state of South Carolina over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man as he ran away from police.
Officer Michael Slager was charged with murder and sacked after video emerged of him shooting Walter Scott multiple times in the back following a scuffle.
The officer was arrested when authorities reviewed the mobile phone video of the shooting, which took place on Saturday.
The footage filmed by a bystander obtained by the city’s newspaper, The Post and Courier, showed a brief scuffle before Walter Scott begins running away.
The video then shows the officer firing several shots at the man, who falls to the ground.
The incident has been widely condemned, and the US Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating.
Cries of “Black lives matter!” rang out as about 50 protesters joined local politicians outside City Hall in North Charleston on Tuesday morning.
“We cannot sit still and be quiet anymore. This is our season to speak!” said one woman who commanded the crowd’s attention.
“Our way of speaking is getting to the election polls.