Sunday, April 12, 2015
Press Conference on Police Shooting Caught on Video Gets So Testy That Mayor Threatens to Shut It Down
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander’s video recorded him firing eight shots at the man’s back as he ran away. The city’s mayor also said he’s ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer on the force.
The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been fired, but the town will continue to pay for his health insurance because his wife is eight-month’s pregnant, said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who called it a tragedy for two families.
Police Chief Eddie Diggers said he was “sickened” by what he saw on the video, but his explanations were repeatedly interrupted by shouts of “no justice, no peace!” and other hard questions during the testy press conference on Wednesday. He said he couldn’t answer several of the questions.
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