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Published May 03, 2016
After the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer — captured by a witness in a dramatic video — protests were planned in North Charleston, led by a group formed after the fatal shooting of another black man in Ferguson, Missouri.
A local Black Lives Matter group, formed after Michael Brown's death, planned its demonstration for Wednesday morning at North Charleston City Hall.
Walter Lamer Scott was shot by North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, who fired eight times in the incident after a traffic stop Saturday. Slager was charged with murder. Officials announced the charge Tuesday after the video was released.
Scott's family and their attorney, L. Chris Stewart, called for calm and peaceful protests. They said the murder charge showed that the justice system is working in this case.
The parents of a black man who was fatally shot while fleeing a white police officer call the shooting horrible, with his father saying it looked as if the officer was trying to "kill a deer running through the woods."
Judy Scott, the mother of 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that she almost couldn't look at the video showing the shooting last weekend. She says it tore her heart to pieces.
His father, Walter Scott Sr., tells NBC's "Today Show" that his son may have run after being pulled for a traffic stop because he owed child support and didn't want to go back to jail.
The father says he doesn't know if the shooting was racially motivated.
After authorities saw the video, shot by a bystander, they charged North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager with murder