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Group calling for arrest of responding police officer in Walter Scott shooting

Habersham and Slager at the shooting scene (Source: WCSC) Habersham and Slager at the shooting scene (Source: WCSC)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the National Bar Association are calling for the immediate arrest and indictment of a North Charleston police officer who responded to the shooting of Walter Scott. 

Officer Clarence Habersham was the officer on scene after Michael Slager shot and killed Scott. 

According to the group, Habersham filed an incomplete police report on the shooting of Walter Scott and left "material facts out of his report."  

Habersham gave the following narrative in a North Charleston Police Department report that was released to the media:

"On April 4, 2015 I Officer Habersham responded to the empty Lot behind Mega Pawn in reference to the above incident. I (Habersham) attempted to render aid to the victim by applying pressure to the gunshot wounds and directing the best route for EMS and fire to take to get to the victim faster."

"In light of the fabricated statements made by Officer Slager and the incomplete police report filed by Officer Clarence Harbersham, the National Bar Association (NBA) is demanding the immediate termination and indictment of Officer Harbersham and any other North Charleston police officer who filed a false police report," read a statement by the group on Friday. 

According to the organization, Habersham did not describe Slager's actions in the incident, but said he gave aid to Scott and tried to give directions to the scene. 

Officials with the National Bar Association said there was no evidence on the video shot by a bystander that showed Habersham or Scott administered CPR to Scott. 

We've reached out to the police department and the mayor's office for comment. 

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