Officer Michael Slager to plead guilty in the shooting death of Walter Scott

Officer Michael Slager to plead guilty in the shooting death of Walter Scott

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a man in the back, intends to plead guilty to one federal charge of excessive use of force as part of a plea agreement, a source with direct knowledge of the plea deal said.

The charge is a felony and is punishable by up to life in prison. Slager is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon.

Slager’s state murder trial ended in a mistrial in December after a jury failed to reach a verdict. The remaining state murder charges will be dismissed as part of this plea agreement.

Slager shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, as Scott was running away from him following a traffic stop in April 2015.

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After the mistrial, Scott’s family members said justice will eventually prevail.

“In my heart, I will find the peace to forgive Michael Slager,” brother Anthony Scott said. “But at this present time, until my family can see justice, no, there’s no forgiveness.”

 

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