A South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after he shot dead a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said investigators charged 33-year-old policeman Michael Slager after video emerged of the shooting in South Carolina.

The footage appears to show Slager firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, who was running away at the time.

The altercation took place on Saturday and began when Mr Scott was pulled over for a traffic stop.

The video shows the two men engaged in a brief scuffle before Mr Scott appears to run away.

The officer is seen with his weapon raised before firing at the fleeing man. Scott falls face-first to the ground… see more

source: skynews