Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Walter Scott, a 50-year-old​ South Carolina man who was shot and killed by police on Saturday, was a father figure to Ole Miss junior defensive end Fadol Brown, the school said Wednesday.

The school clarified the nature of Brown's relationship with Scott on Wednesday to The Post and Courier after Brown called Scott his "step dad" in a tweet on Tuesday.

Scott, who was unarmed during the killing, was allegedly fleeing a traffic stop when North Charleston police officer Michael Slager fired eight shots. A bystander captured the incident on video, which was released on Tuesday.

The video shows Slager firing his weapon at a fleeing Scott, who falls to the ground after the final shot. Slager originally said that Scott had stolen his taser during an altercation, but the video shows Slager dropping an object near Scott's body after the victim had fallen to the ground.

TIME: S.C. Officer Faces Murder Charge

On Tuesday night, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced that Slager would be charged with murder. 

Brown, who is from Charleston, tweeted Tuesday that police "didn't have to shoot him down like a dog." 

"Walter Scott was in a relationship with the mother of Fadol’s longtime girlfriend and served as a father figure to Fadol for a number of years,” Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze said. “Obviously, this is a very emotional time for all parties involved, and our thoughts are with Fadol and his loved ones after this tragic event.”

The incident occurred as law enforcement practices—particularly police treatment of minorities—have come under increased scrutiny. Scott was black, while Slager is white. 

Brown transferred to Ole Miss in 2013 after starting his college career at Florida International. 

TIME: South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott Calls Killing 'Senseless'

- Stanley Kay

 

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