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Former Cop to Plead Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

The former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back in April 2015 will plead guilty to federal charges.

As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors who agreed to drop a pending murder charge, Michael Slager, 35, will plead guilty to using excessive force, according to a statement by Andrew Savage, one of his attorneys.

“We hope that Michael’s acceptance of responsibility will help the Scott family as they continue to grieve their loss,” Savage said.

Scott, 50, had been stopped in North Charleston for having a broken taillight on his car.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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