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Published On: Fri, Apr 10th, 2015

Dash cam video details events leading up to Michael Slager’s murder of Walter Scott

UPDATE: Jury locked, mistrial announced HERE

South Carolina officials investigating the shooting death of Walter L. Scott, a black man, stopped by Officer Michael T. Slager. Slager’s mounted camera captured a video released Thursday by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

During the first two minutes, Slager approaches the car during the traffic stop, is seen conversing with Scott inside the vehicle and returns to his police car. Right aroung the 2:20 mark Scott steps out and then returns after Slager instructs him to do so.

Seconds later Scott takes off running. Off screen, the chase can be heard, Officer Slager giving details to dispatch and the chase is out of sight.

Michael Slager South Carolina police officer shoots Walter ScottAn amateur video, watch it below, shows the slow-paced Scott getting away from Slager and opens fire.

Slager’s being charged with murder and subsequently fired.

Scott had a long court record, often for failure to pay child support or to show up for court hearings, and his survivors have speculated that he might have fled because of a pending warrant.

”It can’t hurt him because he’s got nothing positive to this point,” said Mr. O’Leary, a former director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. “If a guy runs, officers will chase him. But you can’t just shoot a guy.”

O’Leary said, the video simply “gives a little more reason about why he chased him to begin with.”

“I just can’t,” Karen Sharpe, the mother of now-fired Police Officer Michael Slager, told ABC News when asked to watch the video. “Maybe to some people, ‘Well, you’re being in denial,’ but I’m sorry I just can’t. I just I know how Michael is.”

“Their life will never be the same again and my life will never be the same again,” Sharpe said. “Even though they’re not the same things that have happened, I know there are changes in both their family and my family … and that’s the part that bothers me. They’ve changed forever,”

“I just have to let it be and hope God takes care of everybody involved — not only my family but the Scott’s family — because I know they’re grieving just like I’m grieving,” she said.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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