Michael Slager (left) appeared with defense attorney Cameron Blazer during a Circuit Court hearing last September at the Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, S.C. Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Slager stands with defense attorney Cameron Blazer in the Charleston County Courthouse on Friday. On Monday, a judge denied his request to be released on bail. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Charleston Reporters Tell The National Story Of Local Violence
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Makeshift memorials to Walter Scott sprouted up at the scene of his fatal encounter with Michael Slager, the police officer who shot him in the back as he ran away following a routine traffic stop. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?
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North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey (left) and police Chief Eddie Driggers spoke Wednesday about a video that shows a white police officer fatally shooting a fleeing black man after a traffic stop. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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