CHARLESTON, S.C. – A white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist poses little risk of committing violence according to court documents filed by his attorneys.
Attorneys for Michael Slager filed 150 pages of documents on Tuesday in preparation for a Thursday hearing in which they hope to convince a judge to release their client on bond.
Slager, a former North Charleston police officer, is charged with murder in the April 4 shooting death of Walter Scott. A bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott tried to run away from a traffic stop.
The documents included a toxicology report showing cocaine in Scott's blood at the time of the incident and a psychological assessment that Slager poses little danger of committing violence.