*I’ve really got a question for former NCPD officer, Michael Thomas Slager:
After you stood there and fired eight bullets into the back of an unarmed black man who was running away from you, what did you EXPECT would happen?
Sadly, we may never learn the answer to this because hopefully, this dudes’ ass will be put in a cell for the rest of his natural life, and at least 118 years beyond.
But we may learn a bit about his thinking from the unprecedented move of the SC police dept., who has turned over nearly 100 pages of Slager’s personnel file including the officer’s employment application, oath of office, training certificates and some — but not all — of his work appraisals.
The papers still don’t reveal what may have motivated the officer to kill Walter Scott, who police believe was fleeing from the officer who had pulled him over for a broken taillight, but we do learn some of his personal history.
According to his application before entering the police dept. Slager graduated from high school in 2001, and worked as a server at an Italian food restaurant. He also enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003 and worked as a mechanic, engineer and security team member during his six year stint as a Guardsman.
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When he applied to the NCPD in 2009, Slager justified leaving the service saying, “Military time is up.” And on his application at least one fellow Guardsman was listed as a personal contact. Writer Jason Sickles @jasonsickles reached out to that person and another reference from the application but so far they have not returned messages.
Although Slager was fired from NCPD, North Charleston mayor Keith Summey told reporters that the city plans to honor his wife’s health insurance until after their baby is born.
“We think that is the humane thing to do and we are going to do it,” the mayor said.
Attempts by Yahoo News to reach Slager’s pregnant wife, and the officer’s parents and other family members have not yet been successful.
Read more on this story at Yahoo News. Watch the video of the North Charleston community honoring Walter Scott directly below, followed by a video of SC Civil Rights Leaders honoring Scott with poetry.
Walter Scott being honored with poetry below.