North Charleston traffic stops halved since Walter Scott shooting

In this image from video, Walter Scott struggles with police officer Michael Thomas Slager in Charleston, S.C., on April 4, 2015. Moments later, the video shows Slager firing eight shots at Scott's back. Scott's death was shown around the world and he became a symbol of the ongoing debate over police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. (Feidin Santana via AP Images)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Police in North Charleston are making half the number of traffic stops since a motorist ran from an officer and was shot repeatedly in the back last year.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports more than 26,000 motorists were pulled over in the nine months after Walter Scott’s fatal shooting on April 4, 2015. That compares with 54,000 in the same period the year before.

Scott’s death was caught on a video showing a policeman shooting as the 50-year-old man ran away. It led to the officer’s arrest on a murder charge.

North Charleston officials say Scott’s death likely played a role with patrol officers. University of Kansas political scientist Charles Epp says the statistics may reflect community pressure to reduce police stops for minor violations.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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