American policeman kills a man – level 3

14-04-2015 07:00

These images show the moment a police officer in South Carolina appears to shoot a black man five times as he ran away.

A video of the shooting was filmed by a passer-by who released it to The New York Times and local media in Charleston.

The footage shows a white officer drawing his gun and firing eight times at a black man who appears to be unarmed. The man then gradually falls to the floor.

The officer then shouts repeatedly for him to put his hands behind his back before handcuffing him.

“Put your hands behind your back!”

He then runs back to where he was initially stood then walks back to the victim and appears to drop an item, reportedly his stun gun next to where he’s lying.

The victim, 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, was shot on Saturday during a routine traffic stop, after the officer had already hit him with a stun gun. Police officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder.

Difficult words: passer-by (a person who is walking by), draw (to take out), unarmed (without a gun or a weapon), handcuff (to put on handcuffs – metal rings so you cannot use your hands), floor (ground), initially (in the beginning), stun gun (a gun which stops somebody but cannot kill them).



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