Former SC cop charged in motorist’s death back in court

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo, Michael Slager, left, stands as one of his attorneys, Cameron Blazer, guides him toward the podium in Charleston, S.C. Slager is charged in the April 4 death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop. City officials in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, with the family of Scott. (Leroy Burnell/The Post And Courier via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist is returning to a federal courtroom in South Carolina.

A hearing is set for Tuesday in Charleston on the civil rights charges brought against 33-year-old Michael Slager in the April 2015 death of Walter Scott.

The 50-year-old Scott was shot fleeing a traffic stop in an incident caught on cellphone video. The shooting reignited the national debate over the treatment of blacks by white police officers.

It’s Slager’s first appearance in federal court since his May arraignment.

The former North Charleston patrolman is charged with depriving Scott of his civil rights and using a weapon while doing so.

Slager also faces a murder charge in state court in a trial beginning in October.

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