2017 civil rights trial date for former N. Charleston officer Michael Slager

2017 civil rights trial date for former N. Charleston officer Michael Slager

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge has decided that the civil rights trial for a former North Charleston police officer charged with killing a man during a traffic stop will be held early next year.

U.S. District Judge David Norton said during a brief hearing Tuesday that he will hold the trial of 33-year-old Michael Slager during a term of court beginning in January. No specific date was set.

Slager, a former North Charleston officer, faces federal civil rights charges in the April 2015 shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott who was fleeing a traffic stop.

The incident, caught on a cellphone video, reignited the national debate over treatment of blacks by white police officers.

Separately, Slager faces a murder charge in state court. That trial is set to begin on Oct. 31.

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