Hundreds mourn black driver fatally shot by police
SUMMERVILLE, South Carolina (AP):
Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday in Summerville, South Carolina, to remember Walter Scott, the 50-year-old black driver who was fatally shot by a white police officer after fleeing a traffic stop in North Charleston.
A hearse, escorted by two police officers on motorcycles, drove up to WORD Ministries as the growing crowd looked on. Mourners waited through a period of light rain while flowers were unloaded and brought inside the sanctuary.
A steady stream of people had gathered last Friday afternoon at a wake to pay their respects to Scott, whose open casket was draped in an American flag and adorned with a Dallas Cowboys sign and a miniature figure of a player.
A heart-shaped floral arrangement to the left of his casket during the wake read "Beloved Father", and a ribbon on the right read "St Andrews Parish High School Class of 1984."
Some visitors expressed how bewildered they were with the circumstances that led to Scott lying there.
Scott was stopped on April 4 for driving with a broken tail light. He eventually ran from the officer.
Police and an attorney for former officer Michael Slager initially said Scott was fatally shot during a tussle over Slager's department-issued Taser stun gun. Slager was fired and charged with murder after a video recorded by a witness surfaced and showed the officer firing eight shots at Scott as he tried away.