South Carolina Judge Denies Bail to Michael Slager, Former Officer Charged in Murder of Walter Scott

© Leroy Burnell - Pool/Getty Images Michael Slager, left, stands as defense attorney Cameron Blazer guides him toward the podium to speak in circuit court for the first time at the Charleston County Court House on Friday in Charleston, S.C.
© Leroy Burnell – Pool/Getty Images Michael Slager, left, stands as defense attorney Cameron Blazer guides him toward the podium to speak in circuit court for the first time at the Charleston County Court House on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

A judge refused to grant bail on Monday to a white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina, court documents show.

Michael Slager, 33, has been jailed since his April arrest in the death of Walter Scott, 50. The shooting, caught on video by a bystander, renewed national scrutiny over police treatment of minorities and led to Slager’s firing from the North Charleston police force.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Frank McGurty and Eric Beech)

Source: Reuters

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