Questions of use of force by police raised in shooting trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Testimony in the trial of a white former South Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist is raising questions of how much force is justified.

Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who was shot in the back as he fled a traffic stop. The shooting was captured on cellphone video that stunned the nation.

The prosecution’s case enters a fourth day in Charleston on Tuesday.

On Monday, police officers testified there are various levels of force officers can use to get suspects to comply. The lowest level being just their presence wearing a uniform which can be followed by voice commands, use of force and eventually deadly force.

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