Second Video Released in South Carolina Police Shooting

Dashcam footage from the deadly encounter is made public


A second video of the Walter Scott police interaction in North Charleston, S.C., has been released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The video shows Officer Michael Slager, 33, pulling over Scott’s Mercedes Benz in a parking lot and walking up to the driver’s side. Scott explains that he doesn’t have registration or insurance for the vehicle in his glove box. The officer goes back to his vehicle. With the officer out of sight, Scott opens the door of the Mercedes and briefly exits before being told to return to the car. Moments later, he opens the car door again and runs. The video also shows a passenger in Scott's vehicle.  

The video adds new details to a case that has driven national discussion this week. A video released on Tuesday, shot by a witness, appears to show what happened after Scott took off running. Officer Slager chased Scott into a grass lot and eventually fired eight shots, striking Scott in the back at least four times. 

Slager then reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser."

Slager has been charged with murder in South Carolina state court. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating.

"I understand many people still have questions and so do we," said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel in a press release issued to Bloomberg on Thursday evening. "As the investigating agency, each citizen must keep in mind that even though an arrest has been made our work is not over."

Update, 7:46 p.m., April 9: Adds comments from SLED press release.

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