Hundreds expected at SC rally about police practices

Former North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager talks with his attorney Andy Savage before a hearing in front of Judge Clifton Newman in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. The state judge approved bail Monday for a former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist. (Brad Nettles/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Hundreds are expected to attend a rally in North Charleston being held a year after a white police officer was charged in the shooting death of a black man fleeing a traffic stop. The Charleston Area Justice Ministry holds the rally Monday.

The group wants a reduction in the number of contact stops in which motorists are stopped but no citations were written. Figures show a disproportionate number of blacks are subject to such stops. Mayor Keith Summey and Police Chief Eddie Driggers won’t attend. A city spokesman says when they have met with the group previously, they were simply rebuked.

Michael Slager is charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott in April of 2015. Slager was fired from his job after he was charged.

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