Sentencing begins for former North Charleston officer, Michael Slager

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WJBF) – Sentencing for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is set to begin.

In 2017, Slager admitted to a charge of using excessive force when he shot and killed Walter Scott back in 2015.

Investigators say Slager initiated a traffic stop when Scott started running away.

The chase turned physical and eventually deadly.

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo, Michael Slager, left, stands as one of his attorneys, Cameron Blazer, guides him toward the podium in Charleston, S.C. Slager is charged in the April 4 death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop. City officials in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, with the family of Scott. (Leroy Burnell/The Post And Courier via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A judge will decide if the shooting will be considered murder or manslaughter.

The sentencing could take up to four days.

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