A big crowd gathered on Saturday for the funeral of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old black man who died after being shot within the again by a white police officer in South Carolina – an incident that put the North Charleston police division’s rocky relationship with the African American neighborhood on the nationwide stage.
Scott was killed every week in the past, after being stopped by police officer Michael Slager, who mentioned Scott’s automobile had a damaged brake gentle. A video launched on Tuesday confirmed Slager taking pictures eight bullets at Scott, who was working away. The stark picture strayed from Slager’s declare that Scott had “tried to overpower him”.
Scott’s funeral, which was open to the general public, started at 11am ET on the metropolis of Summerville’s Phrase Ministries Christian Middle, the venue chosen by Scott’s household, who worship there each Sunday.
The corridor rapidly reached capability, leaving round 100 mourners exterior. The rain started to beat down and plenty of, dressed of their Sunday finest, took refuge beneath the porch. Some spilled out and stood beneath umbrellas.
One mourner, Lawrence Gordon, mentioned he had come to the church as a result of “I’ve youngsters too and I’m a involved father or mother and a involved citizen and I really feel everybody ought to become involved … not just for this household, however for the shooter’s household additionally, as a result of they have been blindsided too. Nobody noticed this coming, this tragedy.
“I’m so sorry that this needed to occur this manner,” he continued. “However I hope that this may shut the hole between the police division and the communities, that they’ll be taught to recognise one another as residents. I’m hoping and praying that it doesn’t occur once more.”
The video of the taking pictures of Scott was captured on an iPhone by Feidin Santana, an area man who was strolling to work on the time.