Activists renew call that ex-officer be returned to jail

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Civil rights activists are renewing their call that a former South Carolina policeman charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist be returned to jail.

Michael Slager was released on bond Monday and activists said the next day that he should be back in jail because he’s a danger to the community.

They renewed that call Friday when about 15 people gathered in front of North Charleston City Hall. They also want to meet with Circuit Judge Clifton Newman about why Slager was released after Newman denied bond last September.

Newman said he’s troubled Slager would have to remain in jail until the fall awaiting trial – a delay caused because the trial of Dylann Roof in the Charleston AME church shootings is being held first.

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