Ex-of­fi­cer’s lawyer challenges probe of black mo­torist death

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A fired white po­lice of­fi­cer’s de­fense lawyer ham­mered away Wed­nes­day at the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his fa­tal shoot­ing of a flee­ing black mo­torist, point­ing out that ci­ti­zens us­ing a toy metal de­tec­tor found ev­i­dence the state missed at the crime scene.

Crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jamie John­son tes­ti­fied that about two weeks af­ter the shoot­ing in April 2015, she re­turned to the scene be­cause ex­perts hired by de­fense at­tor­ney Andy Sav­age alerted in­ves­ti­ga­tors that two more bul­lets had been re­cov­ered.

“Did you know the two pro­jec­tiles were found by ci­ti­zens?” Sav­age asked on cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. “That’s the first I’m hear­ing it,” John­son replied.

He then asked if she knew what kind of metal de­tec­tor was used to find the bul­lets, near a fence around the empty lot where Wal­ter Scott was fa­tally shot try­ing to flee from North Charleston po­lice of­fi­cer Michael Slager.

“Did you know it was a Fisher-Price toy?” the at­tor­ney asked. “No,” John­son re­sponded.

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