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Fired North Charleston, S.C. Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office)
Fired North Charleston, S.C. Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager. (AP Photo/Charleston County Sheriff's Office)
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South Carolina cop accused of shooting unarmed man is from NJ

The unidentified bystander whose cellphone video of a police shooting in South Carolina put an officer in jail on a murder charge has come forward and explained why he started recording the crime scene.

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Sign held during a protest for the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday. ichael Thomas Slager,  has been charged with murder.
Sign held during a protest for the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday. ichael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder.
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Chilling video of fatal police shooting may have an impact beyond one case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force - the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps the most striking yet - its depiction of a fleeing, unarmed black man being shot in the back by a white policeman so vivid that a murder charge came swiftly.

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Still images taken from an April 4 video shows Walter Lamer Scott's fatal confrontation with now-fired and arrested city patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, in North Charleston, S.C. I (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
Still images taken from an April 4 video shows Walter Lamer Scott's fatal confrontation with now-fired and arrested city patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, in North Charleston, S.C. I (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
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When can police use lethal force against a fleeing suspect?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The law gives police officers latitude to use deadly force when they feel physically endangered, but there's far less legal flexibility when it comes to opening fire at fleeing individuals.

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Scene of police shooting in Bridgeton
Scene of the police shooting in Bridgeton (CBS Philly)
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Police shooting protested by 200 demonstrators in Bridgeton

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Roughly 200 people have gathered in a southern New Jersey town to protest a recent fatal police shooting.

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Watch the fatal police shooting in Bridgeton

You've heard about it, now watch it for yourself. Caught on the police cruiser's dashcam, what starts off as a normal traffic stop unravels quickly when officers find a gun in a glove compartment then the passenger won't comply with orders to not move.

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Old Bridge man fatally shot; confronted police with knife

A 75-year-old Old Bridge man was shot to death by police Tuesday morning after brandishing a knife at officers who had been called to his home over reports of a disturbance, the county prosecutor said.

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James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., last March 16, before police fatally shot him.  (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )
James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., last March 16, before police fatally shot him. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )
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Prosecutor: Probable cause to charge 2 Albuquerque officers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A prosecutor says she brought murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers in the shooting death of a homeless man because the evidence determined probable cause.

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Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Christmas Eve in Berkeley, Mo. Wednesday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Christmas Eve in Berkeley, Mo. Wednesday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
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More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators took to the streets for a second night after a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him.

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Police try to control a crowd Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
Police try to control a crowd Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
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Officer kills armed 18-year-old in suburb near Ferguson

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

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Police try to control a crowd Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
Police try to control a crowd Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
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Police: Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him at a gas station late Tuesday, police said.

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