Date Police officer Michael T. Slager from South Carolina was charged with using excessive force against an innocent motorist and killing him. The defendant pleaded guilty in a federal court in Charleston, South Carolina (Blinder, 2016). According to the evidence presented in the case, the defendant shot the victim after the taser was used twice failing to subdue the victim. The victim ran away after being pulled over for broken brake lights. The defendant pleaded guilty to a single charge of willfully using excessive force to deprive Mr. Scott of his civil rights. The move would thus allow the defendant, Slager, who at one time was a North Charleston officer at the time of the …show more content…
It was wrong and unlawful to shot and kill the victim without justifiable cause. This case can be described as a litmus test of the justice system in America particularly when it comes to shooting of civilians by police. References
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Kaleem, J., (2016), Michael Slager, officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in South Carolina, pleads guilty in federal case. Retrieved from: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-michael-slager-walter-scott-2017-story.html
Laughland, O., (2017). Former South Carolina officer pleads guilty in Walter Scott killing. THE GURDIAN. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/02/walter-scott-shooting-police-michael-slager-pleads-guilty
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