Michael Slager, a white police officer charged with murder after he was recorded killing a black motorist running from a traffic stop, planned to plead guilty Tuesday to violating his civil rights, according to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press.
“We hope that Michael’s acceptance of responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve their loss,” Savage said in a statement prior to a hearing in a Charleston federal court slated for 2:30 p.m. “As a sentencing date has not yet been determined, we will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Slager, 35, could have been imprisoned for life in each case if convicted in the April 2015 death of Walter Scott. He had been scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday for motions ahead of his federal trial planned for later this month
A bystander captured Scott’s death on his cellphone, in a video viewed millions of times. The 50-year-old motorist ran from a traffic stop, and when Slager caught up with him, the two men struggled over the officer’s Taser. Scott broke away and ran again before Slager began firing at his back from 17 feet away. Five of the eight bullets hit him.