The Latest: Bond permits ex-officer to leave house to work

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Posted: Jan 05, 2016 2:57 PM
The Latest: Bond permits ex-officer to leave house to work

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The latest in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist. All times local:

2:55 p.m.

Court documents show that the former police officer charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist may leave the South Carolina residence where he is under house arrest to work at a job.

The conditions of Michael Slager's bond he also can leave the house to attend church, visit the doctor, meet with his attorneys and attend court appearances. Otherwise, the bond document says, he must stay at the residence.

Slager, charged in the slaying last April of Water Scott, was released from jail on $500,000 surety bond late Monday. Other bond conditions require he have no contact with the victim's family and must reside in South Carolina until his trial, which is set for next fall.

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12:05 p.m.:

Charleston-area activists are protesting the release of a former North Charleston policeman charged with killing an unarmed black motorist.

About two dozen people gathered Tuesday outside the Charleston County jail. They say ex-officer Michael Slager remains a danger to the community and a possible flight risk.

Slager was released late Monday after posting a $500,000 surety bond. He is charged with murder in the April shooting of Walter Scott.

The group shouted, "We want Slager back in jail!" One woman yelled, "There is a murderer on the loose!"

A statement from the National Action Network founded by Al Sharpton was read at a news conference. It says the decision to release Slager will reflect negatively on South Carolina.

The group wants Slager to be tried in federal court.

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10:10 a.m.

The attorney for a former North Charleston police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black motorist says he's gratified that a judge has allowed his client to post bond and remain under house arrest until his trial this fall.

Andy Savage released a statement Tuesday saying that his client, Michael Slager, is presumed innocent and should not be punished by a lengthy pretrial stay in jail.

Slager was released from the Charleston County jail late Monday after a judge agreed he could be released on a $500,000 bond.

Slager, who is white, faces a murder charge in the slaying last April of Walter Scott as Scott was fleeing a traffic stop.

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9:30 a.m.

Civil rights activists are planning to meet with reporters to discuss the release on bond of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

Members of the National Action Network scheduled the news conference for late Tuesday morning outside the Charleston County Detention Center.

Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager was released from the jail late Monday after posting $500,000 surety bond.

Slager is shown on cellphone video firing eight times as Walter Scott ran from a traffic stop last April.

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6:22 a.m.

The attorney for the family of a black motorist who was shot and killed running from a traffic stop says the family is disappointed that the former South Carolina policeman charged in the case has been released on bond.

But Justin Bamberg, the attorney for the family of Walter Scott, says the bond is just another step in the process and the family is confident justice will prevail.

Michael Slager is charged with murder in the shooting last April of Scott. Slager, a former North Charleston police officer, was released Monday evening on $500,000 bond.

He'll stay at an undisclosed location in South Carolina under house arrest until his trial, which is set to begin on Halloween. He's forbidden from having any contact with the victim's family.