SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A crowd has gathered in Summerville, South Carolina for the funeral of Walter Scott — the black driver who was fatally shot by a North Charleston police officer after fleeing a traffic stop.
A hearse being escorted by two police on motorcycles drove up as the growing crowd looked on Saturday. Mourners waited outside through humidity and a period of light rain while flowers were unloaded and brought inside the sanctuary.
Police initially said Scott was shot on April 4 during a tussle over Michael Slager’s department-issued Taser. But witness video surfaced later, showing Scott being shot eight times as he ran away. Slager was fired and charged with murder.
The incident sparked outrage as another instance of a white law enforcement officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man under questionable circumstances.