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Police force adopts body-camera policy following Walter Scott shooting

Meanwhile, officials have yet to address whether race was a factor in the shooting.


Dell Cameron


Posted on Apr 8, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 3:03 am CDT

The mayor of North Charleston, S.C., has ordered every city police officer to be outfitted with a body camera after an anonymous citizen’s video recording of an officer shooting dead an unarmed black man led to that officer’s arrest on murder charges.

Mayor Keith Summey announced on Wednesday that he had purchased 251 body cameras, and that, once a policy was in place, the entire force would be trained to use them.

Summey made the announcement at a new conference following the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50, by Officer Michael Slager, 33, of the North Charleston Police Department. Summey was interrupted on multiple occasions by protesters chanting “No justice! No peace!”

Slager, who is white, is currently being held without bond. He has also been fired from his job, the mayor said. A court date has not been set for his hearing.

Summey added that both he and Police Chief Eddie Driggers had visited Scott’s family.

“They’re suffering,” he said. “We let them know how we felt about their loss and how bad it was. We do not condone wrong; it doesn’t matter who it is.”

As the mayor concluded his news conference, protesters began chanting again, this time calling for his removal from office. 

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*First Published: Apr 8, 2015, 6:29 pm CDT