The White Police Officer Charged With Killing Walter Scott Will Remain Free on Bail
The white police officer facing charges for fatally shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist, in 2015 will remain free on the $500,000 bail payment he previously posted for the state charges he is also facing.
Michael Slager, a former South Carolina police officer, was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday for federal charges of obstruction of justice and unlawful use of a weapon, which come in addition to the charges he is already facing at the state level.
As Scott, 50, attempted to flee the scene of a traffic stop in April 2015, Slager, 34, fired eight rounds into his back.
Shaky cell phone video taken from the scene later helped to disprove Slager’s claim that Scott had been approaching him with a Taser when he fired his weapon in self-defense.