South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder Graduated From Medford HS

The South Carolina police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man, spent time in southern New Jersey.

Classmates confirm Michael Slager, who has now been fired from his job with the North Charleston Police Department, is a 2001 graduate of Lenape High School in Medford, New Jersey.

Inside Edition reported Wednesday that Slager worked at Ventura's in Voorhees, before he joined the United States Coast Guard.

The 33-year old Slager was arraigned Tuesday night and charged with murder. He's been denied bond.

His wife is eight months pregnant.

Slager was arrested after disturbing video came to light, showing the officer firing eight shots at 50-year old Walter Scott as Scott tries to run away.

Slager initially said Scott had tried to take away his stun gun, after a scuffle in a traffic stop over the weekend.

Scott was killed.

The mayor fired the patrolman Wednesday and called for all the officers in North Charleston to start wearing body cameras.

The meantime, Walter Scott's mother is praying that no other family will have to endure their pain.

"I'm praying that this will touch somebody's heart, for us to get it together as a nation, as a whole. it doesn't matter whether, whatever our nationality is, whatever color we are. It's not the color of the skin. We're individuals. We are to love one another," Mrs. Scott said.

Protestors interrupting the mayor's news conference Wednesday, calling for justice, as the mayor announced Slager's firing.

There were demonstrators outside the town's city hall for hours.

The FBI and the Justice Department are also investigating the case.

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