Saturday April 4 2015
9:30 am Shooting
A statement released by North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said a man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him.That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer. The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him, police alleged.
“This is part of the job that no one likes and wishes would never happen,” Police Chief Eddie Driggers is quoted in the release as saying.
“This type of situation is unfortunate and difficult for everyone. We are confident that SLED will conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the incident and provide their findings to all concerned.”SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirmed that SLED agents interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence at the scene.
“We are investigating the shooting incident itself,” Berry said. “That is the normal protocol whenever there is an officer-involved shooting. …Once we complete that portion of the investigation, the agents will write up the case file and present it to the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and someone from that office will determine whether charges should be filed in connection with the shooting.”
The North Charleston Police Department has alleged that Scott fought with an officer over his Taser before deadly force was employed. No new details about the shooting have been released, including the identity of the officer involved and why he or she stopped Scott in the first place. SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Sunday that those types of details would have to be released by the North Charleston Police Department. North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said Sunday that more information would not be released until Monday. He offered no further comment.
Slager thinks he properly followed all procedures and policies before resorting to deadly force, lawyer David Aylor said in a statement. “This is a very tragic event for all of the families,” Aylor said. “I believe once the community hears all the facts of this shooting, they’ll have a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding this investigation.”
Authorities publicly identified Slager, an officer with the city since December 2009, and gave his reason for the traffic stop that led to the fatal confrontation. Police documents also revealed that Slager announced within seconds why he had fired. “Shots fired, and the subject is down,” he said into his radio, according to an incident report. “He took my Taser.” Walter Lamer Scott, 50, of Meadowlawn Drive in West Ashley died soon after the encounter near Craig Street and Remount Road. He has been arrested about 10 times in his lifetime, mostly for failure to appear for court hearings and to pay child support. The only indicator of violence in his past came with his first arrest in 1987 on an assault and battery charge. Slager, 33, served honorably in the military before joining the North Charleston Police Department more than five years ago, Aylor said.
Warrant for Slager
Arrested at Aylor’s office
Charged with murder
David Aylor dumps Slager
Charleston attorney David Aylor told The Daily Beast that he took on Slager as a client on Saturday, the day of the shooting, and removed himself as counsel on Tuesday afternoon. Aylor said he wouldn’t go into detail about his brief representation of Slager thanks to attorney-client privilege but he spoke generally about the situation. The following has been lightly edited for clarity. You were quoted as Officer Slager’s attorney in the aftermath of this high-profile shooting but before the video came out. Now you’re not his attorney anymore. What happened? I can’t specifically state what is the reason why or what isn’t the reason why I’m no longer his lawyer. All I can say is that the same day of the discovery of the video that was disclosed publicly, I withdrew as counsel immediately. Whatever factors people want to take from that and conclusions they want to make, they have the right to do that. But I can’t confirm from an attorney-client standpoint what the reason is.
Andy Savage took over Michael Slager’s case
Savage said by email Wednesday that he had started his own investigation.
“I suspect it will take some time,” said Savage. “As we focus in on the facts, we will probably have more to say, but it is far too early for us to be saying what we think. Slager’s previous counsel fell into that trap and we have no intention of doing our client further harm.”
SLED releases public statment appealing to the BGI
Ryan Julison hired at least by this date
Scott family spokesman Ryan Julison confirmed to CNN that a man was with Scott and said he is not related to the family.
Witness Gwen Nichols comes forward
“Before what you saw on that video tape, there was like a little tussle over there at the end of that gate down there,’ Nichols explained.
On Friday evening, a written statement from Savage’s office said he’s had a full slate of meetings with Slager’s family members, investigators, potential members of the officer’s defense team, but “unfortunately, despite having made requests, he had not received the cooperation from law enforcement that the media has, and he has yet to receive any investigative documents, audio or videotapes, other than a copy of Slager’s arrest warrant.” As a result, Savage filed a motion for discovery, and Freedom of Information Act requests with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers, and Charleston County Coronor Rae Wooten.
A black judge is sought and ordered to preside over the case