Former Cop Who Shot and Killed Walter Scott Released

CHARLESTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 10: Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager (C) is lead into court for a bond hearing at the Charleston County Court House September 10, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Slager is charged with the murder of Walter Scott. Slager shot Scott in the back when Scott ran away during a traffic stop on April 4th in 2015. (Photo: Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

Former Cop Who Shot and Killed Walter Scott Released

Former police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott has been released on bail.

Published January 4, 2016

A former police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American man, was released on $500,000 bail Monday afternoon, AP reports. Michael T. Slager's trial date has been set to Oct. 31. He is charged with murder in the case.

The family of Scott asked the family to remain calm amid the news.

Footage taken of the April 2014 incident by an onlooker shows Scott running away from the cop who pulled out his gun and fired bullets at Scott until he fell to the ground. "Put your hands behind your back," Slager commanded to an unresponsive Scott. 

In June, Slager was indicted by a grand jury and charged with murder in the killing of Scott. Lawyers have been fighting to get Slager out on bond since he was arrested.

In October, North Charleston, South Carolina, city officials approved a $6.5 million settlement for the family of Scott.

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(Photo: Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

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