Wednesday, May 3, 2017

S.C. Officer Who Murdered Walter Scott to Plead Guilty to Violating His Civil Rights, Won’t Be Retried for Murder

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina police officer planned to plead guilty Tuesday to violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black motorist he shot and killed as the man ran away from a 2015 traffic stop, according to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press. The 13-page document also notes that as part of the deal, state prosecutors would drop a pending murder charge against Michael Slager, effectively bringing to a close both parallel cases against the former North Charleston police officer. Slager, 35, had been scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday for motions ahead of his federal trial planned for later this month in the April 2015 death of Walter Scott.

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