A police organization is refusing to pay for former North Charleston officer Michael Slager’s legal costs, arguing his actions in April 2015 when he shot a fleeing driver after a traffic stop struggle are not part of what his job description was a police officer.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Slager was paying the Southern States Police Benevolent Association a $23.50 a month during his time as an officer to provide legal services if he ever faced charges.
After Slager shot Walter Scott in April of last year, he got an attorney through the association. The attorney decided not to represent him when a video showed Slager shooting Scott in the back as Scott ran through a vacant lot following a struggle. Southern States then said it was not going to pay for Slager’s defense at all.
Slager sued in U.S. District Court, stating that the group violated a legal contract that guaranteed unlimited legal aid if he were involved in a shooting. The association asked a judge for an order to end Slager’s claims before trial.
A judge is scheduled to take up motions in the lawsuit this week.