Officer Who Shot Walter Scott to Plead Guilty in Charleston

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Michael T. Slager, right, arriving at court in Charleston, S.C., in December. Credit Chuck Burton/Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The former South Carolina police officer who was recorded on video when he opened fire on a fleeing black motorist, killing him, in 2015 will plead guilty on Tuesday, people familiar with the case said.

Michael T. Slager, who was a North Charleston police officer when he shot and killed the motorist, Walter L. Scott, will enter his plea in Federal District Court in Charleston. Four people familiar with the case confirmed the existence of an agreement. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced formally. A lawyer for Mr. Slager, Andrew J. Savage III, did not respond to a request for comment.

Ryan Julison, a spokesman for lawyers representing Mr. Scott’s family, said he could not comment on whether a plea agreement was in place.

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In video provided to The New York Times, a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., is seen shooting an apparently unarmed man after a scuffle following a traffic stop.

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It was not immediately clear which charges Mr. Slager, who is white, might plead guilty to. He was scheduled to go on trial this month on charges that he violated Mr. Scott’s civil rights. In December, his murder trial in state court concluded in a mistrial.

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Source: New York Times

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