South Carolina

Defense: Slager a good officer who used force appropriately

  • North Charleston police officer Michael Slager listens during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    North Charleston police officer Michael Slager listens during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thomas Owens a forensic pathologist, testifies during the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

    Thomas Owens a forensic pathologist, testifies during the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The defense in the trial of a former South Carolina police officer accused of murdering an unarmed black man is building its case that Michael Slager was a good officer who used force appropriately during his five years as a patrolman.

The defense continues its case Wednesday. Slager is charged in the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop. Cellphone video of Scott being shot five times in the back by the white officer stunned the nation.

Late Tuesday, a defense expert testified that although Slager used a Taser 14 times as an officer, the use of force was appropriate.

Darren Porcher, a professor at Pace University and former policeman, said in some of the situations Slager faced, he might have used more force.