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Funeral held for Walter Scott in South Carolina

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By Euronews
Funeral held for Walter Scott in South Carolina

The funeral of Walter Scott has been held in Summerville, South Carolina.

The 50-year-old African-American was shot eight times last week as he ran away from a police officer.

It’s claimed the father of four may have fled over fears he would be sent to jail over unpaid child support payments.

The shooting was caught on video and has re-ignited the long-running debate about the use of police force.

“It’s a senseless tragedy. You know it is something that could have been avoided. I know for a fact that cops are taught at the academy, when somebody runs away from you, you do not shoot them, unless somebody’s else’s life is in jeopardy,” said family friend., Carla Justice.

After the video of the incident emerged protesters held rallies in North Charleston chanting, “no justice, no peace” and an all night vigil was held.

Authorities were quick to act. Michael Slager, the officer who fired the gun has been charged with murder and is being held in jail without bail. He was sacked from the force.