by KENDRA SALAS
In the last month, South Carolina Police Department had been monitored due to the events that took place on April 7th, 2015. Officer Slager, 33, pulled over Michael L. Scott, 50, driving a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight when things took a turn for the worse. When Scott suddenly fled the scene and Officer Slager chased after him using his taser to attempt to bring Scott down, but found it had no effect. He abruptly found himself in a scuffle for his taser. Once the officer regained possession of his stun gun, Scott continued to flee the scene into a grassy lot. Then Officer Slager emptied his gun by shooting 8 times in the direction of Michael Scott. This incident turned fatal when Michael L Scott lost his life. Immediately after, Officer Slager reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.
CNN reports, “The shooting came on the heels of high-profile instances of police officers’ using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. The deaths have set off a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men”.
This incident has turned into a huge scandal surrounding the South Carolina Police Department and the actions of Officer Slager. Officer Slager’s murder charge is pending in the courts. The disturbance of these events have caused pain in the community and both families involved. The outcome of the trial should answer any concerns and questions about the South Carolina Police Department.