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Reactions to Walter Scott’s Fatal Shooting by South Carolina Police Officer

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The video of Walter Scott being gunned down by a South Carolina police officer has shocked the hip-hop and R&B community, with many sounding off on social media and reigniting the conversation of the ongoing problem of police using deadly force on black males — both young and old.

In the clip, Scott, a 50-year-old father of four children, is seen running away from police officer Michael T. Slager. The cop proceeds to shoot Scott eight times in the back. Thirty-three-year-old Slager said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in the scuffle, which is why he shot him. However, the video shows otherwise.

As a result, Slager was charged with murder and is currently in custody. If it weren’t for the video footage provided by The New York Times the shooting could have been swept under the rug.

But this case is hardly over. As we witnessed with the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, justice doesn’t always prevail. As the world watches this case very closely, rappers and singers head to Twitter to express their outrage over the shooting.

Read some of their tweets below.

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