Slager denied bail in shooting of Walter Scott

Judge rules that former officer's release poses 'unreasonable danger' to community

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Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager has been denied a release on bail in the shooting death of Walter Scott. 

Circuit Judge Clifton Newman issued an order Monday stating, "The court finds that release of [the] defendant would constitute an unreasonable danger to the community, and the request for release on bond should be denied.”

This decision comes after Thursday's hearing during which Slager and his attorneys appeared before Judge Newman and the family of Walter Scott to plead for a release.

Slager's lead defense attorney, Andy Savage, presented an extensive argument alleging that Scott was the aggressor in his altercation with Slager, but it was not enough to sway the judge's decision regarding the release of the accused former officer.

Correction: Article headline was edited from an earlier version to clarify the judge's statements on Slager's release.


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