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Former S.C. Officer Who Fatally Shot Walter Scott Released From Jail

January 05, 2016  | 

A former police officer who is charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in North Charleston, S.C., has been released from jail and put on house arrest until his trial, reports the Washington Post.

The judge in the case granted Michael Slager bail Monday night after he said he was disturbed by a delay in the trial, according to the Post and Courier. Slager has been charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott, who was shot in the back in April after fleeing from a traffic stop — a deadly encounter that was captured on camera.

An attorney for Scott's family members said they were "not happy" about Slager's release.

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Percy @ 1/5/2016 5:23 PM

This just makes me want to puke, shoots an unarmed man in the back, tries to plant evidence and lies through his teeth all caught on video and he's out.

Kalief Browder, (a black man) spent 3 years at Rikers for alegedly stealing a back pack, 2 of those years in solitary. He spoke of the abuses by guards and inmates at Rikers and sadly he eventually took his own life. He spoke of being beaten and starved by guards and he became paranoid.
Let's all remember why he spent 3 years in prison (2 in solitary) on suspicion of stealing a backpack.

You boys and girls want to start whining about the WAR ON COPS please do.
Understand though that stories like Kalief's happen all too often, and far more importantly so do stories about cops shooting people in the back. Is this prick still being paid?
Let's all not forget Commander torture living the good life on a $4K month pension in Florida.
He tortured 100s of people cost the city of Chicago +- $100 million, and gets to keep his pension.

xxxxx @ 1/5/2016 6:34 PM

Percy, people died of medical malpractice at a rate 9 times higher than gun deaths last year. Do you go on the doctors websites everyday and whine and cry. Dude, relax or you are going to give yourself a heart attack from all your stress. If you want to change things, run for office. Do something positive with your life because hating cops on a crappy website isn't going to do anything for anyone. All cops aren't bad, but there are bad cops. I promise you the good ones want the bad ones gone worse than you. The bad ones make an incredibly difficult job even more difficult. Believe it or not, the "good ones" are busting their asses 24/7, but all the media focuses on are the bad. Don't always believe what you read either because Browder (although it fits certain agendas) did not do two years in solitary confinement for stealing a backpack. Lastly, the officer involved in this case still has the right to a fair trial. Why don't you hold off until all the facts are out. Even videos don't always tell the whole story. I agree with you it doesn't look good, but let's wait and see.

Robert @ 1/6/2016 9:21 AM

xxxxx...I no longer believe your argument about "the good ones want the bad ones gone worse than you".
If that argument were true, then they would be gone.
I agree that 85-95% of police are doing a good job...and a good number of that do a great job. However, the fact remains that the majority of police will "cover" for police in almost all circumstances. The issue in Chicago highlights that fact. Either all the officers on the scene are "bad"....or the good officers refuse to not "back up" another officer.
I am sure the officers have justified their behavior:
--He is a good cop, he just made a mistake.
--We do a tough job, we are allowed to make mistakes.
--The guy was breaking the law, and got what he deserved.
--I am not destroying this cops life, over some dirt bag who should have dropped the life.
All of these are great excuses...but they do not follow the LAW or the Constitution. Every LEO took an oath to uphold the LAW; not cover for each other.
Keep your Oath!

XXXXX @ 1/6/2016 1:03 PM

Well Robert, we will have to agree to disagree. First off, you don't know me, so insinuating that I haven't kept my oath over my career is flat out wrong. Unlike the movies, I don't lie for other cops, I have never covered for another cop nor do I justify criminal behavior by other cops. In fact, in my 27 year career, I have personally turned in, investigated, arrested and testified against other police officers. Did I cross the “blue line” you are referring to? Absolutely not, because I believe that, once an officer has crossed over and his/her behavior becomes criminal, that person is no longer a police officer. Now, with that said, I do however keep an open mind, just like I do with citizens I come in contact with, and understand that yes, people/officers do make mistakes. The difference is that when a cop makes a mistake, it is being exploited by the media for certain agendas. Sometimes it’s political and sometimes for monetary reasons or both.

XXXXX @ 1/6/2016 1:03 PM

Regardless of the reason, it usually is not for the betterment of the officer, his department or society. You see what is happening in police work right now is, the individual(s) that departments want to hirer and put on the streets are watching the media play looped film over and over and over of officers making mistakes, of officers that look like they made a mistake or of an officer who used poor judgment because, he has never trained or been confronted with that particular situation before (and believe me, there is no way to train anyone for all that they will be confronted with in police work). Those individuals that would have been excellent candidates are now saying to themselves, “why in the hell would I or anyone with half a brain, want the job as a police officer today?”

XXXXX @ 1/6/2016 1:04 PM

Even the officers currently working the streets are saying the same thing. Don’t believe me, look at the recruiting numbers around the country. The media has successfully destroyed the reputation of police officers. Not just the “bad ones” but all, and our society will pay the ultimate price for it I assure you. So what are departments being forced to do? They are taking another look at individuals with questionable past that never would have been hired 5, 10, 15, years ago just to get the numbers on the streets. The end result of all this cop bashing is not making departments better, it’s making them worse. It is diminishing every bit of authority that is left in this country. Why? To further a false political narrative.

XXXXX @ 1/6/2016 1:05 PM

For some reason it has become “cool” in our society to support the criminal’s behavior by making the criminals the victim and place all the blame of society’s problems on the police officer. What most people don’t understand is, the police have little control over what happens in a society as a whole or in any one individual’s life. But time and time again, the cops take the blame and the courts, judges, politicians, doctors, physiologists, business owners, school administrations, parents and yes the criminals as they all walk away unscathed.

XXXXX @ 1/6/2016 1:05 PM

So I guess what I am trying to say is, I don’t really give a damn what you believe. If you think you can do the job better, I invite you to go down to your local police/sheriff department and turn in your application. Then you and everyone else that continually posts their negative opinions of police officers and how they do their jobs on this site will have the opportunity to put your wonderful ideas into action. So until you turn in your application, I suggest that the next officer you see, you thank. He may just be the one that saves your ass one day.

Robert @ 1/7/2016 10:11 AM

xxxxx...To start the comment was a generalization, about your argument that police cover for police when they should not...not your case.
Next, the evidence points in the other direction: the vast majority of police (DAs, Chiefs of Police, etc...) still cover for LEO they know to be in the wrong...the reasons are varied.
Chicago-McDonald case: multiple officers make statements that are even gave an official statement, that the Van Dyke was wounded by McDonald!
Cleveland-Brelo case: DA had to treat multiple LEO as hostile witnesses after they refused to show up for depositions / testimony.
The list is too long for this board.
Next, the media (or more accurately various videos) is not to blame for the public perception...the LEO, and their actions are to blame.
IF not for video, Slager would not have been charged...IF not for the media (and the release of the video) Van Dyke would have never faced charges.
The rest of your rant is not worth responding to...

1A12 @ 1/7/2016 11:39 AM

Hey xxxxx, Don't argue with a Libtard. They will never understand.

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