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By Jessica Brodie

NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina—United Methodist churches in South Carolina’s Lowcountry are calling for peace, advocacy and prayerful healing after a police shooting left an unarmed Charleston man dead.

North Charleston Officer Michael T. Slager has been charged with murder after a video April 4 shows him fatally shooting Walter Scott, 50, several times in the back after an altercation during a traffic stop. In the video, Scott, a black man, and Slager, a white man, appear to be struggling over a Taser, which was knocked to the ground. Scott was shot after he turned and fled. He died at the scene—the latest in a string of high-profile police shootings in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland and elsewhere.

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