Michael Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating Scott's civil rights
The family of slain South Carolina man Walter Scott is planning to file a wrongful death and civil rights violation lawsuit against Officer Michael Slager, the cop who fatally shot Scott, and the North Charleston Police Department.
Michael Slager pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for using excessive force in attempting to arrest Scott in 2015. As part of the plea deal, the state will drop a pending murder charge.
A former South Carolina police officer, charged in the 2015 video-taped fatal shooting of a fleeing man, is expected to plead guilty to civil rights charges.
A federal judge announced the sentence nearly seven months after Michael T. Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot him dead in North Charleston, S.C.