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A South Carolina grand jury has indicted a former police officer for murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, according to The Huffington Post.

Michael T. Slager, 33, has been charged with murder in the April death of Walter L. Scott, 50. The shooting was videotaped by a passer-by, and the recording became a key piece of evidence in the investigation. Slager has been in jail since April 7, when the video became public.

“We’re going to patiently wait for the criminal trial in this case,” Chris Stewart, one of the attorneys for the Scott family, said in a brief press conference. “It’s just about keeping the faith. The community has done that. The family has done that, and we’re going to continue to do that until the resolution of the criminal and the civil case.”

Stewart thanked the community and noted the family plans to file a civil suit in the next few months.

“It is our belief that Officer Slager, with his history — as you have known — should have been reprimanded … before the entire situation with Mr. Scott,” Stewart added. “Right now we’re just digging and gaining more information.”

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–Posted by Jenna Berbeo

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