CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Jurors hearing the murder trial of a white former South Carolina police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have seen the dash cam video taken from the officer’s car.
The video is from the cruiser of Michael Slager, who pulled Walter Scott over for a broken tail light on April 4, 2015.
It does not show the shooting of Scott, which happened outside the view of the dash camera. But it does show the Mercedes Scott was driving as it is pulled over for a broken taillight. It shows Slager returning to his cruiser to check Scott’s driver’s license and insurance information, and then it shows Scott bolting from the vehicle.
North Charleston Police Sgt. Scott Hille was called by the prosecution to introduce the video.
Asked by the defense if the footage shows anything unprofessional in Slager’s behavior in handling the stop, Hille replied: “Not that I can think of sir.”
Slager faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the shooting of Scott, which a bystander recorded on a cellphone and posted to social media.