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US cop charged with murder had previous complaint

The white police officer charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man in the US received a previous complaint that he used excessive force against another unarmed black man, Associated Press reported.

Michael Slager was charged after authorities after a video emerged of the shooting

North Charleston resident Mario Givens complained that South Carolina patrolman Michael Slager used a taser on him to make him step outside his home in 2013.

After being tasered, handcuffed and accused of resisting the officers, Givens was later released without charge and it turned out that the arrest was a case of mistaken identity.

"He said he wanted to come in but didn't say why," Givens, now 33 told AP.

"Come outside or I'll tase you," he quoted the officer as saying, adding: "I didn't want that to happen to me, so I raised my arms over my head, and when I did, he tased me in my stomach anyway."

Slager, 33, was allowed to stay on the force after the complaint. North Charleston Police said it plans to review its investigation into its decision to exonerate the officer.

On Tuesday he was arrested and charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who he was filmed shooting in the back after Scott ran away when the officer pulled him over for a broken tail light.

More: Witness who filmed officer shoot man in back speaks out

Rouhani: Iran will only agree to nuclear deal if sanctions lifted

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Parspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

Iran will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani has said in a televised speech.

"We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani said.

Witness who filmed officer shoot man in back speaks out

The quick-thinking bystander who filmed the moment a police officer shot an unarmed black man in the back as he ran away has spoken for the first time.

The video, recorded by Feidin Santana, was cited by officials in South Carolina as being the reason why officer Michael Slager was charged with murder over the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

Slager had initially claimed Mr Scott tried to grab his taser, and said he had feared for his life.

In an interview with NBC News, Mr Santana said Mr Scott and Slager had struggled on the ground before he started filming.

Before I started recording, they were down on the floor. I remember the police [officer] had control of the situation. He had control of Scott.

Scott was trying just to get away from the taser. But like I said, he never used the taser against the cop.

As you can see in the video, the police officer just shot him in the back.

– Feidin Santana, witness

Mr Santana added that he handed over the video when he heard what Slager was claiming on the news.

Obama: End 'conversion therapy' for LGBT youths

US President Barack Obama has called for an end to so-called 'conversion therapies' to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender young people, the White House has said.

Psychiatric 'treatments' are supported by some socially conservative organisations and various religious doctors and groups.


Five-year-old unearths dinosaur behind Texas store

A five-year-old boy from has been helping scientists excavate a dinosaur fossil he unearthed behind a grocery store in Texas.

Wylie Brys found the bones with his father Credit: ITV News

Wylie Brys and his father, Tim, discovered the fossil last September but scientists from Southern Methodist University could only begin work now after obtaining the necessary permits.

The fossil could be from a nodosaur, a pony-sized dinosaur that lived around 100 million years ago.

“My dad told me it was a turtle,” Wylie told the Dallas Morning News, "but now he’s telling me it’s a dinosaur.”

Mayor: Police officer who shot unarmed man sacked

US police officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder. Credit: REUTERS/Charleston County Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters

A police officer, who has been charged with murder after shooting an unarmed black man, has been sacked according to North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Michael Slager was charged with murder after a video emerged which appeared to show him shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back.

Speaking during a news conference Mr Summey added that not all of the video of the shooting has been made public.

He also said that the city has been given a grant to order body cameras for officers.

At the end of the media briefing, a large group of protesters holding placards shouted, 'the Mayor's got to go'.

Protesters march over South Carolina police shooting

A demonstrator asks 'How many more?' during the march in North Charleston. Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill

Protesters have held a rally in South Carolina against what they described as a culture of police brutality after a white officer was charged with murder after shooting dead an unarmed black man, Reuters reports.

Demonstrators held signs that read "The whole world is watching" and "Back turned, don't shoot," at a march held in the wake of the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

One of the speakers at the event, Ramon Roan, said: "There is an atmosphere of racism in North Charleston, and we need to get rid of it," as the crowd chanted "No more! No more!".

Protesters claim there is a culture of police brutality in North Charleston. Credit: Reuters/Randall Hill

Police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder after a video emerged which appeared to show him shooting Mr Scott in the back while he was running away from him.

Slager is being held without bond on a murder charge that could carry the death penalty, according to court records.

FBI and Justice Department investigating shooting

The FBI and Justice Department have both launched investigations after a white US police officer was charged with murder over the shooting of an unarmed black man.

Walter Scott was stopped in South Carolina for a faulty brake light. He died after being shot in the back several times by a patrolman.

There are upsetting images from the start of this report by Emma Murphy:

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