The Latest: Ex-officer’s lawyers point to video for defense


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on an ex-officer in South Carolina charged with killing a black motorist (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Attorneys for the white former police officer charged with killing a black motorist in South Carolina argue his insurer wrongly dumped his defense before seeing the FBI’s enhancement of a bystander’s video of the shooting.

Attorneys for Michael Slager contend in court filings this week that the Southern States Police Benevolent Association abandoned Slager in a “rush to judgment” just four days after the April 2015 shooting. They say the slow-motion video shows the two men wrestling on the ground before Slager drew his weapon.

Slager’s attorneys are opposing the association’s motion to dismiss his civil suit. A hearing is set for Aug. 25.

The lawsuit claims the insurer breached its contract in refusing to provide legal representation. The company has said it denied benefits because the shooting was outside Slager’s duties as a law enforcement officer.

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10:30 a.m.

A court hearing has been delayed for a white former police officer in South Carolina charged with fatally shooting a black motorist.

A pre-trial conference on civil rights charges brought against former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is rescheduled for Aug. 30. It had been set for Friday morning.

The federal charges stem from the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott in April 2015. A bystander’s recording of Scott’s shooting reignited the national debate about the treatment blacks face at the hands of white police officers.

Slager faces a murder charge in state court in a trial set to begin in October.

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4:30 a.m.

A white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist is returning to a federal courtroom in South Carolina.

U.S. District Judge David Norton has set a Friday hearing on the civil rights charges brought against former North Charleston officer Michael Slager. It’s Slager’s first appearance in federal court since his arraignment in May.

The federal charges stem from the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott in April 2015. A bystander’s recording of Scott’s shooting reignited the national debate about the treatment that blacks face at the hands of white police officers.

Slager faces a murder charge in state court in a trial set to begin in October.

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