|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.
| 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.