Former North Charleston, South Carolina officer Michael Slager says the police association promised to pay his legal bills after he was arrested and charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man.
But now, Slager is crying foul. In a lawsuit filed this week against union leaders, he complains that the payments have stopped, leaving him holding the bag.
From The Huffington Post:
Slager is accusing the police organization of breach of contract, bad faith and unfair insurance practices. The association’s website, however, informs members that benefits can be withheld under certain conditions, such as when a “member has committed an intentional, deliberate and/or illegal act.”
The association informed Slager four days after the shooting that he wasn’t entitled to a lawyer, the Associated Press reported. His attorney said they made that decision too soon.
Slager stopped Scott for a broken tail light this spring in an incident that was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video. The video shows Slager shooting Scott five times in the back, contrary to claims by the ex-cop that he shot Scott in self-defense after a struggle during which the victim tried to grab his Taser. The video appears to show Slager dropping and positioning his Taser near Scott’s dead body.
Last month, Scott’s family reached a $6.5 million settlement with the city.
Don’t Miss Our Hottest Stories! Get The NewsOne Flip App for iPhone: Flip, Skip — Or Send Us a Tip!
Walter Scott Cop Sues Police Union Over Failure To Pay His Legal Bills was originally published on newsone.com
Lincoln Ware Rewind: Thanks to the Grammys I Now Know What WAP Is
Ohio Issue 2: Recreational Marijuana Officially On November Ballot
"Get Started" at Cincinnati State
Joe Burrow Carted Off Field After Reported Calf Strain
When Will Marijuana Dispensaries Be Open In Ohio?
Lincoln Ware Rewind: What is Going on at the Board of Elections?!
The Silent Strain: How Chronic Stress Impacts Black People’s Health
Foodie Friday’s: Braxton Brewing Co.