(CHARLESTON POST AND COURIER) A federal grand jury this week indicted former North Charleston officer Michael Slager on charges of a violating civil rights law and misleading investigators in Walter Scott’s death, a rare measure in police shootings that gives authorities another route to reach a conviction.
Slager, 34, is charged with three crimes.
The chief among them is deprivation of civil rights under the color of law. That statute bars public officials’ abuses of power that violate federally protected “rights, privileges or immunities.” The indictment alleges that Slager was acting with his authority as a policeman when he used unreasonable force — a violation of the Constitution — by shooting Scott five times from behind.
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