In a dramatic turn of events, a former South Carolina police officer who has spent years fighting charges in a high-profile shooting of an unarmed black man is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in his federal case.
Michael T. Slager is scheduled to enter his plea in federal court in Charleston, S.C., more than two years after he was accused of shooting Walter Scott five times as he fled on foot after being pulled over for a broken brake light, according to sources familiar with the case.
According to a plea agreement, Slager will plead guilty to one federal charge of violating Scott’s civil rights. In exchange, two other federal charges against him will be dropped, as will a state murder charge.
The plea would allow Slager, who was an officer in North Charleston, S.C., at the time of the shooting, to avoid a jury trial. (Los Angeles Times)