SOURCE: United press International – October 19, 2016, Ed Adamczyk | Read entire article
CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 19 (UPI) — Lawyers for Michael Slager, a former North Charleston, S.C., police officer facing murder charges for fatally shooting a man, requested a change of venue for his trial.
Slager also faces three federal charges, including a civil rights violation, in the death of Walter Scott on April 4, 2015.
Slager’s account of the incident mentions a struggle between the two men after Scott was pulled over for a broken tail light. Ordered by Slager to stay in his car, Scott exited it, returned inside the car, then opened the car door and escaped. Slager chased Scott, firing a Taser, fighting with Scott and then shooting him with five gunshots as the man ran away.
In a motion for a change of venue, Slager’s attorneys said a video of part of the incident, which was taken by bystander Feidin Santana and emerged three days after the shooting, puts “profoundly inculpatory information out of context and in a manner guaranteed to sear prejudice into the brains of the viewers.”
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SOURCE: United press International – October 19, 2016, Ed Adamczyk