Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager trial nearing end

Prosecutors have called their final witness in the murder trial of Michael Slager. The former South Carolina police officer shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was fleeing a traffic stop. He was indicted by a federal grand jury that also 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.

Walter Scott
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 began in October.

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

After the state rests, the defense will present their case.

Michael Slager