Homicide

White former SC police officer indicted for murder in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

FILE - This April 7, 2015, file photo provided by the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. A grand jury in Charleston on Monday, June 8, 2015,  affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge against Slager, who is accused of shooting an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office, File)

FILE - This April 7, 2015, file photo provided by the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff's Office shows Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. A grand jury in Charleston on Monday, June 8, 2015, affirmed the state of South Carolina's murder charge against Slager, who is accused of shooting an unarmed black man trying to run from a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office, File)  (The Associated Press)

A white former North Charleston police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer.

The April 4 shooting was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott. The shooting rekindled the ongoing national debate about the treatment of black suspects at the hands of white officers.

Slager was charged almost immediately after the video surfaced. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson announced the indictment Monday.

Wilson said earlier the death penalty does not seem to apply because there were no aggravating circumstances such as robbery or kidnapping as required under South Carolina law.

The 33-year-old Slager faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.