Ex-officer to plead guilty in fleeing black motorist's death

Slager pulled over Scott in April 2015 for a routine traffic stop-a taillight that was not working.

And the fact that SC will no longer pursue a jury trial against the former police officer means that the days until we learn Mr. Slager's fate are numbered. Scott was unarmed and running away when Slager shot at him eight times.

The incident was caught on video by a bystander.

But Stewart pointed out that verdicts against officers like Michael Slager are rare.

Former North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager listens as Judge Clifton Newman declares a mistrial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, South Carolina, Dec. 5, 2016. The information provided by the video, along with the mourning of the families, has shifted the tone of the case, providing relief for the Scott family.

"For the Slager family they have to figure how to move forward without Michael", Robbins said.

State Solicitor Wilson, who will get a chance to speak at Slager's sentencing hearing, issued a statement Tuesday after the guilty plea.

Although the guilty plea is a self-serving agreement for the ex-officer to receive a lesser sentence, it is still a type of "win" for the African-American population.

MCEVERS: What are the terms of his plea agreement? He is scheduled to be retried on that charge in August.

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It may seem odd that federal prosecutors would charge a cop with a civil rights violation rather than a violent crime when they believe an on-duty killing was criminal rather than justified. Now, his sentence is not happened yet. "As a sentencing date has not yet been determined, we will refrain from further comment at this time". In a reversal from his previous account of events, Slager admitted in court Tuesday that he did not shoot Scott in self-defense and said that his use of force was unreasonable.

The April 2015 murder of Walter Scott quickly went viral.

"Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, all of them, every significant case the Justice Department has investigated and no indictments came down".

"We asked for justice, and we received justice", said Anthony Scott, the brother of Walter Scott.

Slager, who is white, was charged with murder and violating the civil rights of Walter Scott during an incident that was captured on a cellphone video by a passerby. The second deployment dropped Scott to the ground but he got up and took off running again. And this gentleman continued to stick to the story - stick to that story. But today - he told the truth. That's our victory. The healing starts today.

"Technically the range is from probation all the way to life but I think that when you look at the reality of this case it will fall somewhere in-between", Robbins said. I mean there was already a trial on this case.

OLGIN: It was a long five-week trial. "We're going to believe in peaceful protests, because it didn't turn out the way we feel, but we feel our voices need to be heard". Now, it's worth remembering that just a couple months after this shooting in 2015, Dylann Roof shot nine - shot and killed nine black worshipers in Charleston.

After the mistrial last December, supporters of Scott did not give up on justice being served.

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