Friday, April 10, 2015

Here’s What You Need to Know About Walter L. Scott

Walter Scott was “outgoing—loved everybody, [was] very known in the community and got along with everybody,” his brother Anthony Scott told CNN.

Walter L. Scott, 50, was a father of four who served in the Coast Guard and had trouble making child support payments, but he was not a violent man, according to his brother Anthony Scott, who spoke with CNN's Don Lemon Tuesday.

"He was outgoing—loved everybody, [was] very known in the community and got along with everybody," Anthony Scott told Lemon. "All the family loves him, and his kids loved him."




The world now knows Walter L. Scott's name after graphic footage of what appears to show Scott running away from a North Charleston, S.C., police officer as the officer fatally shoots him. Officer Michael Slager reportedly stopped Scott Saturday morning for a traffic violation.

According to a police report viewed by CNN, Scott allegedly refused to comply with Slager's orders and allegedly tried to take the officer's stun gun. In the video of the incident, it appears that the stun gun may have already been used by the officer and dropped as the two men struggled. Scott then runs away from the officer, who opens fire. The officer returns to where the first interaction took place and picks something up from the ground, walks over to Scott's prone body and drops something next to him. It is still unclear why Scott is running away from the officer in the footage, but family attorney Chris Stewart told Lemon that it was no reason for the officer to fire his gun.

"Running from an officer doesn't result in the death penalty," Stewart said.  READ MORE





Here Is What You Need to Know About SC Officer Michael Slager

Before North Charleston, S.C., Police Officer Michael Slager fatally shot 50-year-old Walter Scott, he had been subject to two complaints, including a separate complaint about inappropriate use of force, for which the 33-year-old cop was exonerated, NBC News reports.

According to documents released by the North Charleston Police Department, the news site notes, the U.S. Coast Guard veteran faced a complaint in September 2013, when he was accused of using his Taser against a man and slamming him to the ground for no reason. The case was investigated and Slager, who has been with the department since 2009, was exonerated.

A more recent complaint, in January, accused the officer of failing to file a police report, NBC News notes. That complaint was sustained, although it was not made clear whether the veteran cop faced discipline, or what kind.

David Aylor, who was Slager’s attorney at the time, pointed out that his client had “no disciplinary issues” while he was at the department and wrote in a statement, “Officer Slager believes he followed all the proper procedures and policies of the North Charleston Police Department,” according to Bustle.

However, later on Tuesday, Aylor said that he was no longer the cop’s legal counsel. READ MORE GoFundMe Tosses Campaign to Raise Money for SC Cop Who Shot Walter Scott (The Root)

Walter Scott Had No Open Warrants For His Arrest

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