Yesha Callahan

Dash Cam Video Released in SC Police Shooting

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released several dash cam videos from Walter J. Scott’s traffic stop, which depicts moments before he was shot to death by Officer Michael Slager.

In the video, you can see Slager asking for Scott’s license and registration, and Scott admitted to not being the owner of the car. Scott told the officer he was in the process of buying the car, gave his documents to Slager, and the officer went back to the car to run the information.

While Slager was running the information, you can see Scott stepping out of the car, but getting back in. Moments later, Scott ran, with the officer following in pursuit.

The video doesn’t show the actual shooting, and you can’t hear the gun firing in the background. It’s a shame that the outcome of this traffic stop ended in Scott’s death.

  1. April 10, 2015 - Reply

    i really wish the federal doj would step up & make all police shootings & deaths that occur while in police custody a federal investigation instead of relying on each pd to self-report & self-investigate. the fact that they have the power to bury evidence or just take an officer’s word at face value allows all these unqualified officers to stay hidden in the ranks. if the u.s. is truly interested in fair policing & if so-called “good” cops are really interested in maintaining their reputation, then we should all be advocating for independent federal investigations on all police involved injuries & deaths in addition to mandatory tamper-proof body cams & dash cams that record for the officer’s entire shift.

  2. April 10, 2015 - Reply

    I saw that video today, and it really makes me think that the man was trying to avoid being arrested for something relatively minor like an expired license or non-support (I am not saying taking care is kids is not important, but that it is a minor legal offense.) If a person is working, sending him or her to jail for non-support makes no sense. Garnishing wages at a level that is reasonable is the only practical solution if the justice system wants to help children instead of simply criminalizing people.

    I grew up in SC, and my sister lives there now. When I first moved there, nearly fifty years ago, my father and I were going into a drug store. Before we could walk in, a young black man, apparently a shoplifter, ran out, and a white policeman came out after him, drew his pistol, and prepared to shot this man in the back as he ran away. He did this despite the fact that my father and I were directly in his line of fire. The thing that saved us was that some white women came out of the store behind us, and the officer put his gun away. He was not going to shoot with white women in his line of fire. Clearly, the mentality of law enforcement has not changed enough in my home state.

    • April 10, 2015 - Reply


      omg. & just think had it not been for that ww, you, your dad, & that shoplifter would’ve all been painted in the same criminal light if anybody died considering video evidence is only just now helping plead the case of black people.

      i agree. garnishing wages is a much better way to get deadbeat dads to pay child support. at most they should be given ankle bracelets until they finish paying it off or be put on parole until it’s paid off so they can track when they move from job to job, but prisons are too expensive to be housing child support offenders.

      • April 10, 2015 - Reply


        One of my older cousins told me an even worse story. When he was a young man, he had moved from the country to find work in Montgomery, Alabama. One day, he and another cousin of mine, were walking along when they saw a black boy who was about thirteen running as fast as he could. Following him was a white policeman. The policeman got tired of running, stopped, and gunned the boy down. After the cop came up and checked to see if the boy was dead, he saw my cousins, and old them to get lost, which they did. My cousin told me that the next day, he checked the paper to read about the boy who was shot. The newspaper did not say a thing.

    • April 10, 2015 - Reply


      Anthony, that story is un-freaking real. SMH. I’m right next to you in NC, and my sister said SC is worst than here, and the racism is BAD here in NC, as you probably know.

      • April 10, 2015 - Reply


        As my Mom would have said SC and NC are pretty much what and what when it comes to racism. I think racism always hits you in the face more when you come to a new place. My family roots are in Alabama, I was born on the Florida Panhandle, I grew up in South Carolina, and went to college in Georgia. I worked in Kentucky, and my wife is from Arkansas. I know the South pretty well, and racism is knee deep in all of it.

  3. April 12, 2015 - Reply

    I read somewhere that 1/8 of all inmates in SC jails are in for non-support. Back around 1990, my mother told me about the sheriff coming to the school where she taught to pick up an eighth grader for non-support.

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