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Ex Police Officer Michael Slager Released On Bond
Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, charged with Murder for the shooting death of Walter Scott, was released Monday, January 4th after posting a whopping $500,000 bond.
He had been placed in solitary confinement at the Charleston County Detention Center since his arrest last April after a cellphone video surfaced of Slager firing at unarmed Scott eight times as he ran from a traffic stop. This incident enkindled a nationwide debate on whether Slager's actions were appropriate when dealing with an unarmed man.
Andy Savage, Slager's attorney, requested bond in September and it was denied on the premise that Slager could be a danger to the community and was also considered a flight risk. However, Savage's second request was granted early Monday morning under the conditions that Slager would be placed under house arrest and could not leave the state of South Carolina.
Dashcam Video of Walter Scott Shooting
Circuit Judge Clifton Newman stated that he had taken into account the long period of time Slager would have to wait in jail until trial, which is set for October 31, 2016.
Family and friends of Walter Scott are upset about Slager's release. His father Walter Scott Sr., addressed the court Monday saying "Looking at the film that I saw, every time I look at it, it makes me cry,". "When I go down to the graveyard, the only thing I see there is a pot sticking in the ground with flowers in it. ... If you let him out, he's gonna go home and look at his wife and children."