Funeral held for S.C. man killed by police officer

Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic Saturday, April 4, 2015. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

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.

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