SC lawmakers condemn Walter Scott shooting
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called video showing the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., “deeply troubling.” 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Walter Scott," Graham, who's mulling a run for president in 2016,  said in a statement. "The horrific video is very difficult to watch and deeply troubling on many fronts." 

“I also know the actions of the officer in this situation do not accurately reflect on the many valuable contributions made by thousands of law enforcement officers in South Carolina and across our nation," he added. 


South Carolina’s junior senator, Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOn The Money: Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records | Fed chief urges Congress to boost US workforce | Federal deficit hits 4 billion in one month | China talks hit snag over agricultural purchases GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R), late Tuesday said the "senseless" shooting was  "absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.”

On Wednesday, the South Carolina Republican called on protesters to remain peaceful. 

The lawmakers' comments follow the release of a video that purportedly shows the shooting of Scott by police officer Michael Slager. In the video, Scott is seen running away as Slager draws his weapon and is heard firing eight times.

Slager, who was charged with murder after the video emerged, told authorities that he feared for his life because Scott had taken his Taser.