Fam­ily of Wal­ter Scott tells Rev. Al Sharp­ton to keep away; po­lice re­lease dash-cam video from cop Michael Slager’s cruiser

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Matthew Lysiak , Gin­ger Adams Otis , Corky Siemasko NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Stay away, Rev. Al. That was the mes­sage from the fam­ily of South Carolina po­lice shoot­ing vic­tim Wal­ter Scott to the civil rights ac­tivist Thurs­day two days be­fore the fu­neral for the slain fa­ther of four.

“We don’t want an­other Fer­gu­son type of cir­cus here,” a source close to the Scott fam­ily told The Daily News.

That was a ref­er­ence to the Mis­souri town that was rocked by vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions last year af­ter black teen Michael Brown was killed by a white cop.

Sharp­ton gave a rous­ing speech at the 18-year-old’s fu­neral, which was at­tended by thou­sands.

Scott fam­ily at­tor­ney Chris Ste­wart said they ap­pre­ci­ate Sharp­ton’s sup­port but “the fu­neral is only go­ing to be close fam­ily mem­bers.” “The Rev­erend Al has called and ex­pressed his sup­port and con­do­lences,” said Ste­wart. “The fam­ily is very ap­pre­cia­tive.”

Sharp­ton said he has been in touch with the Scott fam­ily and their lawyers but in­sisted “we had no plans to go down.” “They are in mourn­ing and we would never come un­less they asked,” he told The News. “We’re will­ing to be help­ful to the fam­ily but only when needed.”

Sharp­ton re­leased a state­ment Fri­day morn­ing adding that, “I have been in­vited to preach in North Charleston, SC, on Sun­day and to help lead a heal­ing prayer vigil that af­ter­noon by lo­cal clergy who have worked on this case from the be­gin­ning.”

In re­cent days, Sharp­ton has slammed Scott’s fa­tal shoot­ing by North Charleston Po­lice Of­fi­cer Michael Slager as “sense­less” and pro­posed na­tion­al­iz­ing the coun­try’s po­lice forces as a way to curb bru­tal­ity against African-Amer­i­cans.

The ap­par­ent snub of Sharp­ton came as po­lice re­leased the dash-cam video from Slager’s cruiser, which showed Scott sud­denly bolt­ing from a car af­ter the of­fi­cer pulled him over for a bro­ken brake light be­fore the shoot­ing on Satur­day.

Scott is at the wheel of a Mercedes and there is a pas­sen­ger in the front seat as Slager walks up and asks for his li­cense and reg­is­tra­tion. The doomed man is heard telling the of­fi­cer he has nei­ther and that he is in the process of buy­ing the car.

Slager heads back to his car, where the Ever­land song “What It’s Like” is play­ing on his ra­dio.

When Scott opens his door, the of­fi­cer tells him to get back in the ve­hi­cle. Then Scott opens his door again and takes off run­ning.

Slager can then be heard yelling what sounds like “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

A short time later, Slager was cap­tured on cell­phone video shoot­ing a flee­ing Scott in the back. The of­fi­cer has been charged with mur­der and was fired by his depart­ment.

Scott’s par­ents, Judy and Wal­ter Sr., got their first chance Thurs­day to thank Feiden San­tana, 23, the North Charleston bar­ber who recorded the fate­ful video of the shoot­ing on Satur­day that led to Slager’s ar­rest.

“Thank God for you. Thank God for you,” the fa­ther said, hug­ging San­tana in the meet­ing video­taped by NBC News. A tear­ful Judy Scott also em­braced San­tana, say­ing, “Oh, thank you God!”

An­other rel­a­tive told San­tana, “I don’t know how this would have turned out with­out the video.

“I’m so glad that you had enough courage to turn the video in,” the rel­a­tive said.

The Scott fam­ily said Thurs­day it was pre­par­ing to hit Slager and his depart­ment with a civil suit.

“We will seek ev­ery penny of com­pen­sa­tion that the fam­ily de­serves,” state Rep. Justin Bamberg, who is rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily as a lawyer, told The News. “Peo­ple in so­ci­ety are fed up with peo­ple get­ting away with things like this, fed up with law en­force­ment abus­ing the power that they have.”

Bamberg said, ‘There are still a lot of ques­tions about what tran­spired es­pe­cially con­cern­ing the other of­fi­cers.

“We are see­ing ‘hear no evil, see no evil’” he said.

Bamberg also said the video clearly shows Slager try­ing to cover up the crime by drop­ping an ob­ject be­side Scott’s dead body.

“It is our firm be­lief that the of­fi­cer planted that Taser be­sides him,” he said.

Slager, 33, a six-year vet­eran of the North Charleston po­lice, is in jail and be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the FBI, the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice, and the South Carolina Law En­force­ment Di­vi­sion.

Scott had served in the U.S. Coast Guard and had no his­tory of vi­o­lent crimes although he had been jailed three times — most re­cently in 2012 — for fail­ing to pay child sup­port.

Bamberg’s an­nounce­ment came as an­other black man named Mario Givens came for­ward with claims that he was at­tacked and ar­rested by the white cop for no rea­son in 2013.

Slager’s fa­tal en­counter with Scott be­gan at 9:30 a.m. Satur­day. He told his su­pe­ri­ors he opened fire af­ter strug­gling with Scott — and af­ter the vic­tim ran off with his Taser. But the video showed Scott run­ning away and at least 15 feet from Slager when the of­fi­cer fired the first of eight shots — four of which struck him in the back and one of which hit him in the ear.

Slager was seen cuff­ing Scott, who was face down in the grass and not mov­ing. Then Slager was seen re­triev­ing some­thing that looks like a stun gun and drop­ping it by Scott’s body.

South Carolina po­lice Of­fi­cer Michael Slager (left) fa­tally shot Wal­ter Scott (right)

in the back while he ran away on April 4.

Al Sharp­ton, seen Wed­nes­day in New York, gave a rous­ing speech at Michael

Brown’s fu­neral.

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