REUTERS - A video taken from a South Carolina police cruiser's dashboard camera surfaced on Thursday showing a black man fleeing after what appears to be a routine traffic stop by a white officer who would eventually pursue him and fatally shoot him in the back.
The footage, released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and aired by CNN, was taken minutes before a bystander's video recorded North Charleston Patrolman Michael Slager gunning down 50-year-old Walter Scott as he fled. The first video led to Slager's arrest on a murder charge and dismissal from his job.
The shooting was reminiscent of other police killings over the past year in cities including New York; Ferguson, Missouri, and Cleveland, Ohio, rekindling national outrage over excessive use of police force against black men.
The new video clip, which lasts just four minutes, shows the officer, identified as Slager, 33, approaching a black Mercedes-Benz and asking the driver, Scott, for his license and proof of insurance. In an even, professional voice, he tells Scott he was pulled over a broken tail light.
The two have a brief exchange and the officer returns to his patrol car. After about two minutes, Scott gets out of the Mercedes car and signals to the officer, who says: "You got to stay in the car."
Scott gets back into the vehicle and then about 20 seconds later, he emerges again and takes off running.
After the shooting on Saturday, Slager said he fired his weapon because Scott had taken his stun gun and he feared for his life. The second video offers no evidence of the officer's claim, although there are gaps between the two clips.
Scott does not appear armed at any point in the footage filmed by a bystander, though neither video shows any physical confrontation between the men.
An autopsy found Scott had multiple gunshot wounds on the back of his body.
Civil rights leaders urged the South Carolina legislature on Thursday to "stop dragging its feet" on a pending measure that would require all law enforcement officers to wear cameras on their uniforms.
They echoed calls by the White House and elected officials across the United States following the earlier police shootings of unarmed black men.
"It will lessen the chance that any more black men will be used for target practice as Mr. Scott was," said Dot Scott, president of the Charleston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.