Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cop who killed Walter Scott indicted on federal civil rights violation

The former South Carolina police officer who last year shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was fleeing a traffic stop, has been indicted by a federal grand jury that charged him with a civil rights violation.

Scott was pulled over by Michael Slager in April 2015 for a non-functioning brake light. Slager shot Scott in the back when Scott tried to flee the scene; a video of the shooting surfaced later, which contradicted Slager's police report.

Michael Slager
Slager was indicted last June by a grand jury on a murder charge, making him one of 10 officers charged with a crime in connection to 990 fatal police shootings in 2015. A trial is scheduled to begin in October 2016.

The Justice Department has declined over 96 percent of the more than 13,000 federal civil rights complaints brought against police officers since 1995.

Michael Slager