By Meg Kinnard | AP By Meg Kinnard | AP December 4 at 4:29 a.m.
CHARLESTON, SC – A former South Carolina police officer is returning to court to learn how much time he will spend in federal prison for the shooting death of a disarmed black motorist after a traffic stop.
The sentence begins on Monday for Michael Slager. The former North Charleston cop has been in jail since he pleaded guilty in May to violating Walter Scott's civil rights.
Slager arrested Scott for a traffic violation in April 2015. He said he shot Scott in self-defense when Scott tried to grab his taser. But the video of the witness shows that Scott was shot several times in the back while fleeing.
Slager was tried on murder charges last year, but the jury was stalled. The state abandoned its case against Slager as part of its federal plea agreement. Officials expect the sentence to last several days.
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