A state judge on Monday denied bond for a former North Charleston officer who is charged with murder for shooting an unarmed man after the other man struggled with him while fleeing from a traffic stop.
Attorneys representing Michael Slager had argued he was not a flight risk or a danger to the community, saying the officer only fired after Walter Scott resisted arrest and grabbed his Taser. A bystander’s cell phone video showed Slager firing at Scott as Scott tried to flee from the struggle. Attorney Andy Savage argued Slager was a respected member of the police department and Coast Guard veteran.
The officer himself had asked to spend time with his family, including his newborn child born while he was awaiting the bond hearing. Prosecutors with the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office responded that Slager had violated procedures and acted as “executioner” during a traffic stop.
Judge Clifton Newman disagreed on Monday, writing in his order that Slager’s release in such a high-profile case “would constitute an unreasonable danger to the community.”
Slager has been held in the Charleston County jail since his arrest in early April. Judge Newman had delayed a decision following the original hearing last week, saying that he needed time to read through 153 pages of evidence and motions submitted by the defense.