In this April 4, 2015, frame from dashboard video provided by the North Charleston Police Department, Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager stands by Walter Lamer Scott's car during a traffic stop in North Charleston, S.C. The video captures the moments leading up to a fatal shooting that has sparked outrage as the latest example of a white police officer killing an unarmed black man. Slager has been fired and charged with murder. (AP Photo/North Charleston Police Department)

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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