NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Tensions escalated briefly after members of local civil rights groups gathered on the steps of North Charleston City Hall Friday to list demands following the release this week of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
"We will demonstrate up until the trial," Elder James Johnson, National Action Network leader for S.C., said. Johnson and group leaders say to expect more demonstrations throughout the weekend, but maintained violence will not be tolerated at any demonstrations.
"Dr. King said that a riot is a language of the unheard. We feel as if we've been unheard," Pastor Thomas Dixon said. "Not we're saying there is a riot pending. But we just…want everybody to understand that we stand together. The elders with the younger generation."
The group's demands include the immediate revocation of Slager's bond and also request a federal prosecutor to oversee the case.
They say the are seeking a meeting with Judge Clifton Newman as well as a written explanation from the judge, detailing why Slager's bond was gr anted in January after it was initially denied.
Slager shot and killed Walter Scott on April 4. Group leaders say Slager is a flight risk and a threat to the community.
Things became heated for a few moments as protesters clashed with group leaders about their methods.
Represented groups included The National Action Network, North Charleston NAACP, The S.C. Progressive Network, Black Lives Matter and Lowcountry Peace.