Former SC Cop Slager Testifies In Own Defense
The former South Carolina cop accused of shooting and killing an African-American is taking the stand in his own defense. Michael Slager is charged with murder for shooting Walter Scott in the back after a traffic stop in April of 2015 in North Charleston. This morning on the stand when questioned by his lawyer, Slager said he was not filled with “ill will or a depraved heart of malice” when he shot Scott. A video of the shooting shows Slager shooting an unarmed Scott as he flees. Slager is also accused of trying to plant a weapon near Scott’s dead body.
Chattanooga Bus Driver Due In Court
Johnthony Walker is currently being held at the Hamilton County Jail on 107-thousand-500-dollars bond. He faces six charges of vehicular homicide after losing control of his bus on a Chattanooga road last week, hitting a pole and a tree. Six Woodmore Elementary School students were killed and many others were injured, including three who remain in critical condition. Documents released by the school district show the principal and students had complained about Walker’s driving in the weeks before the tragedy.
Trump: Must Be “Consequences” For Burning American Flag
President-elect Donald Trump says quote, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag.” Trump tweeted this morning that consequences might include a year in jail or loss of citizenship. The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. Trump is also reportedly picking Indiana health policy consultant Seema Verma for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.