Attorneys blame North Charleston for Scott's death, call police 'monsters'

Published: Sep. 11, 2015 at 12:25 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM EDT
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Attorneys for the Walter Scott family had strong words following Thursday's bond hearing for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.

A circuit court judge delayed his decision, citing his need for more time to digest all the information presented before the court, which included a 153 page motion, filed by the defense late Tuesday.

Attorneys Chris Stewart and Justin Bamberg, who represent the Scott family, blamed the City of North Charleston for their role in Walter Scott's death.  The two described police as "monsters" and pointed to a quota system as part of the reason Scott initially pulled over.

"He never would've been pulled over for that third faulty tail light," Stewart said.

Stewart said Slager admitted to discriminatory policy during the hearing, albeit through his attorney, citing North Charleston police officers had to pull someone over three times a day.

"Every jaw dropped in the court room to hear this admission," he said.

Fellow attorney Justin Bamberg said citizens often make complaints, but are left with the same result which is officers being cleared.

"They don't travel in dreams, but in police cars," he said.

Scott's brother, Anthony, also spoke following the hearing, and described it as both a good and bad day.

"The wound keeps on opening over and over," Scott said.

He said he was most pleased to finally see Michael Slager face to face, the man charged with murdering his younger brother.

"When you know someone that hates you, and shows such hate towards someone that you love, and then when you can look them in their face and not have that same hate in your heart, it lifted a load off my heart."

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