Attorneys for a white, former South Carolina police officer say that he will enter a guilty plea Tuesday in the federal civil rights case over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist.
According to NBC News, the state of South Carolina intends to drop a pending murder charge against Michael Slager, the former North Charleston patrolman who was terminated after a video of Walter Scott’s shooting went viral. Slager’s initial murder trial resulted in a hung jury.
Slager, 35, has contended that a broken taillight caused him to pull over Scott on April 4, 2015. According to Slager, Scott wrestled away his Taser after fleeing the stop. Slager is shown on the bystander-recorded video shooting Scott in the back as he ran away.
The defense in Slager’s initial trial argued that Slager feared for his life and shot Scott in self-defense.
The video of the incident was viewed millions of times, while the shooting fueled tension throughout the United States regarding the alleged excessive use of force by law officers and systemic racism in policing.
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