lter Scott died after being shot in the back by then police officer Michael Slager on April 4th, 2015. Scott was struck by five bullets. In a Charleston courtroom on Tuesday, Michael Slager finally pleaded guilty. Not to murder or manslaughter, but to a federal civil rights charge, abusing excessive force.
The guilty plea came as the result of a deal with prosecutors. It carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.>> And you have the love of God->> Walter's mother, Judy Scott, sees it as victory for her son.>> And I love my son, I miss him.
I miss him dearly, and I thank God for justice.>> 50-year-old Scott was unarmed and running away when Slager open fire after a traffic stop in North Charleston. In his initial murder trial last December, Slager testified that he felt total fear for his safety before shooting Scott. The trial ended with a hung jury.
Its members, 11 white and 1 black, unable to reach a unanimous verdict about whether Slager should be found guilty of murder or voluntary manslaughter.
is week's federal trial of Slager on alleged civil rights violations, was over soon after it began. The guilty plea ending a long and difficult chapter for the city of Charleston and the family of Walter Scott.