North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Diggers and officials from the South Carolina city are scheduled to hold a 1 p.m. EDT press conference Wednesday on the killing of Walter Scott, the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer. The officer, Michael Slager, was charged with murder Tuesday in Scott’s death, which spurred protests in the city Wednesday by demonstrators who said the killing was unjustified and an example of excessive police force.

Charleston NBC affiliate WCBD’s coverage of the shooting has been live streamed, which you can view below:

Scott, 50, was shot eight times by Slager, 33, on Saturday in an incident that was caught on video. Scott is seen running away from the officer when Slager fired the fatal shots. The video shows Scott falling to the ground after the eighth shot, and Slager is then seen handcuffing him.

The shooting unfolded after Scott was pulled over for a broken taillight on his Mercedes, the New York Times reported. Slager said he shot at Scott after the 50-year-old man took his Taser. While some coverage of the incident pointed out that Scott had been arrested about 10 times, mainly for not paying child support and not appearing in court, others wanted Scott to be remembered for being a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard:




Protests unfolded Wednesday in North Charleston, where demonstrators blocked a road leading to city hall. One protester held up a sign that read, “The Whole Word is Watching”:






South Carolina elected officials have condemned the shooting. “We have many good law enforcement officers in the field. What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina, nor is it reflective of our values or of the way most of our law enforcement officials act, and I assure all South Carolinians that the criminal judicial process will proceed fully,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement Tuesday night. “This is a sad time for everyone in South Carolina, and I urge everyone to work together to help our community heal.”

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the lone black Republican in the Senate, tweeted Tuesday that Scott’s death “was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable. My heart aches for the family and our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the footage showing Scott’s killing “horrific,” “very difficult to watch” and “deeply troubling on many fronts.”