In a rare case of justice in the recent killing of black men, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to killing Walton Scott, after a jury failed to convict him five months ago.
On April 4, 2015, Walton Scott who was unarmed, was fatally shot in the back by Michael Slager.
Slager’s plea will resolve both the federal and state cases against him over the shooting two years ago, which came in the midst of a series of police shootings of unarmed black men that sparked widespread unrest.
In December, one of the jury members in the state case prevented a murder conviction, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial and plan for a new trial.
Slager, who is white, pulled Walter Scott over for a broken brake light in North Charleston.
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A South Carolina policeman who was filmed shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a traffic stop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a civil rights violation charge, which could bring up to life in prison.The Justice Department said that former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager, 35, agreed to the single federal charge five months after a jury failed to convict him of murder in the case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the following:
“The Department of Justice will hold accountable any law enforcement officer who violates the civil rights of our citizens by using excessive force.”
“Such failures of duty not only harm the individual victims of these crimes; they harm our country, by eroding trust in law enforcement and undermining the good work of the vast majority of honorable and honest police officers.”