SC lawmakers condemn Walter Scott shooting

Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (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 Scott (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. 

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