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Michael Slager radioed in Taser claim six seconds after firing at Walter Scott

Walter Scott shootingThe police officer who shot Walter Scott radioed in to claim that Scott had “grabbed my Taser”, six seconds after firing his final shot, despite video suggesting the unarmed man was not in possession of the stun gun at any point, a Guardian analysis has shown.

Syncing police scanner audio with a shocking video – the eyewitness footage out of South Carolina which led to officer Michael Slager being charged with murder – raises further questions about whether either of two officers on the video performed any CPR on Scott as was previously claimed by police.


Walgreens to close 200 stores, boost cost cutting

walgreensDrugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced plans to close about 200 U.S. stores as part of its first earnings report since it merged with European drug retailer Alliance Boots last year.

Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, said it will close the stores amid plans to boost its previously announced cost-cutting initiative by $500 million.

Walgreens now expects to reduce costs by a projected $1.5 billion by the end of fiscal 2017, the company said.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing

Boston marathon bombing verdictDzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.

Tsarnaev kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as listened to the verdict, reached after a day and a half of deliberations. He was found guilty on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction — offenses punishable by death.


S.C. Cops Exonerated in 200+ Shootings

SC cops exonerated in 200 shootingsPolice in South Carolina have fired their weapons at 209 suspects in the past five years, and a handful of officers have been accused of pulling the trigger illegally – but none has being convicted, according to an analysis by The State newspaper.

In South Carolina, it remains exceedingly rare for an officer to be found at fault criminally for shooting at someone.

In an unusual turnaround, prosecutors late last year filed a spate of charges for use of excessive force against three white officers in the shootings of black drivers. Only one went to trial but resulted in a hung jury.



Ferguson elects two African-Americans to City Council

Ferguson electionTwo black candidates were elected to the Ferguson City Council on Tuesday, increasing African-American representation in the St. Louis suburb where poor race relations have been a focal point since the August shooting death of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer.

The election means that half of the six-member City Council in Ferguson, a town where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black, will now be African-American. The lone black incumbent councilman was not up for re-election. The mayor, who has the authority to cast tie-breaking votes, is white.


Russian Hackers Have Been in White House System for Months, Officials Say

hackers hit white houseRussian hackers penetrated the White House non-public, non-classified computer system for several months last year, forcing the White House to shut down the system for several days, U.S. officials said.

The hacked system is not used for classified information, but is used by the White House advance and press office, the general counsel’s office, and officials in the budget and legislative liaison offices.

One person briefed on the hacking said the Russian invaders were difficult to detect and difficult to remove from the White House computer network, and some believe the hackers could still be hiding inside the system tonight.


South Carolina officer charged with murder after shooting man in the back

Scott murder charge against copA white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting on Saturday of a 50-year-old black man, Walter Scott, marking a remarkably swift move for justice in a fatal police incident.

North Charleston police chief Eddie Driggers said officer Michael Slager, 33 had been arrested and charged with murder.

Footage of the shooting, which occurred around 9.30am after Scott was pulled over for a traffic violation, reportedly shows Slager firing eight times at Scott, who is running away.


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