Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer caught on video shooting Walter Scott as he fled a 2015 traffic stop is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Dec. 4, according to court documents.
U.S. District Court Judge David Norton will hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case that has drawn out since Slager stopped Scott for a broken brake light on April 4, 2015.
Michael Slager claims to have forgotten statement given to SLED on Walter Scott shooting: Former officer refuses to examine investigators’ notes
Michael Slager claims to have forgotten statement given to SLED on Walter Scott shooting
Former officer refuses to examine investigators’ notes
The limits of Michael Slager’s memory led to a heated courtroom debate Monday morning.
By Dustin Waters
In early May of this year, Slager pled guilty to a federal charge of violating Scott’s civil rights as part of a plea bargain, allowing him to avoid a re-trial on state murder charges. The maximum penalty for the civil rights violation is life in prison, but experts told the Post and Courier that Slager will likely face just five to 20 years.
In plea deal, Slager guilty on federal charges, will avoid state retrial in Walter Scott’s death: State murder charges dropped in plea deal
In plea deal, Slager guilty on federal charges, will avoid state retrial in Walter Scott’s death
State murder charges dropped in plea deal
Following a brief hug with his longtime defense attorney Andy Savage, Michael Slager was handcuffed and led out of a Charleston courthouse after pleading guilty to a federal civil rights charge for the shooting of Walter Scott.
By Dustin Waters
“Today, in working with the [Justice] Department, we found justice in a resolution that vindicates the state’s interests by holding former police officer Michael Slager accountable for shooting Mr. Scott (in the back) when Slager knew it was wrong and illegal, as well as justice in a resolution that recognizes the egregious violation of Mr. Scott’s civil rights,” said lead prosecutor and Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson in a statement in May.
“He certainly was not looking for trouble that day, with the idea to hurt somebody,” Slager defense attorney Andy Savage told The Post and Courier. “If what happened before the shooting never happened, this could have easily been prevented, and we intend to re-emphasize that at sentencing. About two minutes of the whole incident probably hasn’t been fully developed in the public’s mind.”
The original 2016 state trial ended in a hung jury.
Bystander Feidin Santana filmed the shooting on his cellphone. The video made rounds as one in a series of high-profile incidents of police brutality and excessive force against minorities.
North Charleston groups call for release of police review following end of federal reform program: ‘We’ve got some good cops and we’ve got some bad cops’
North Charleston groups call for release of police review following end of federal reform program
‘We’ve got some good cops and we’ve got some bad cops’
A coalition of local leaders from the ACLU of South Carolina, Charleston Area Justice Ministry, Community Resource Center, and North Charleston NAACP have banded together to push reform efforts in the North Charleston Police Department — with or without the federal government’s help.
By Dustin Waters
Since Scott’s death, community groups including the Charleston Area Justice Ministry have worked to force change within police departments in Charleston and North Charleston, pushing for new policies that encourage more equity in local policing.