NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Federal officials are giving details of an official review of the police department in North Charleston, where a former officer faces state and federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott.
The Justice Department is holding a news conference Tuesday to announce its comprehensive review, which was requested by Mayor Keith Summey.
The review comes amid state and federal cases against Michael Slager, the former officer captured on cellphone video firing eight times as Scott ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. Slager was fired, and his case inflamed a national debate about how white officers treat blacks.
Slager’s trial on state murder charges is scheduled to begin in October. He pleaded not guilty last week to federal civil rights charges.