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Memphis-based civil rights group demanding additional charges in Walter Scott shooting

Walter Scott was shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer Saturday morning. (Photo source: Facebook) Walter Scott was shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer Saturday morning. (Photo source: Facebook)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A civil rights group based in Memphis, Tennessee will hold a press conference Friday in North Charleston to demand charges against several officers who responded to the shooting of Walter Scott. 

Operation Help Civil Rights will host a press conference at 1 p.m. at the scene of the fatal shooting, which occurred in an abandoned field behind businesses in the area of Remount Road and Craig Road. 

The group's leader, Pastor Wendell Lee, says they want charges of conspiracy brought against all the officers who arrived at the scene following the shooting of Scott by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. 

The incident began when Slager pulled Scott over on the morning of April 4 due to a third brake light being out on his vehicle.

After Scott fled from his vehicle, witness video captured Slager firing eight shots at the back of Scott as the 50-year-old man attempted to run from the cop following an altercation.

Lee says his group believes the officers who responded to the scene after the shooting helped Slager try to cover up what happened. Slager told investigators he shot Scott because he feared for his life, claiming Scott attempted to take his Taser during an altercation. 

SLED is investigating the accounts given by all officers who were at the scene as part of their investigation into the shooting. 

Slager was arrested and charged with murder after the video was turned over to authorities Tuesday. He was also fired from the department. 

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