On April 4, 2015, North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American father, as he ran away during a routine traffic stop. The incident was caught on video by a local bystander, and confirmed the demand for significant changes in policing practices across the country.
Since the police-involved shooting death of Walter Scott, LDF has been on the ground in North Charleston working with local partners and advocating for systemic change. Our partners include the North Charleston Branch of the NAACP, the ACLU of South Carolina, The Concerned Citizens Alliance, The Community Resource Center, Charleston Area Justice Ministry, Girls Rock Charleston, and the Charleston National Action Network.
- Courier and Post, Andrew Knapp, Jury in Michael Slager Murder Trial Nearly All White; Judge Rejects Defense Effort to Move Trial (Nov. 3, 2016)
- Courier and Post, Melissa Boughton, Message of Frustration Sent by Community at Town Hall Meeting (Jun 22, 2016)
- Courier and Post, Andrew Knapp, Emma Dumain, Glenn Smith, A Mix of Hope, Sketicism Greets North Charleston Bid for Police Reform (Apr. 24, 2016)
- Courier and Post, Tony Bartelme, Andrew Knapp, Glenn Smith, N. Charleston Police Ask for Federal Scrutiny (Apr. 20, 2016)
- Courier and Post, Monique Dixon, Letter: NCPD Needs Thorough Review (Apr. 14, 2016)
- Charleston Chronicle, LDF and South Carolina Leaders Remember the Police Shooting Death of Walter Scott One Year Later (Apr. 3, 2016)
- Courier and Post, Christina Elmore, Residents Ask for Changes in Policing(Mar. 9, 2016)
- Charleston Chronicle, LDF Calls on U.S. Justice Department to Launch, Complete, or Expand Civil Rights Investigations of Two Police Departments and Multiple Police Officers (Feb. 5, 2016)
- Salon, Jeff Stein, It Wasn’t Just Walter Scott: The North Charleston Police Department Has A Shocking Record of Abuse Allegations (Apr. 8, 2015)