Lawsuit Settles Against Michael Slager for Tasing

Michael Slager, left. Mario Givens, right.

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder or voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man.  Walter Scott was shot in the back 5 times.  Slager’s state trial began on November 3, 2016, with closing arguments on November 30, 2016.  It ended with a hung jury.  Slager is scheduled to be retried by the State of South Carolina, and also by the federal government.  His trial was reported on this blog.

Meanwhile, three men had filed lawsuits against North Charleston for being wrongfully or excessively tased by Michael Slager.  Two have reached settlement.  Mario Givens was awarded $27,500 and Jerome Stanley $50,000 for their 2013 run-ins with Slager.

The Post Courier reports:

“They were among three people who filed actions in 2015 amid intense scrutiny of the city’s police force. An eyewitness video of patrolman Michael Slager shooting the fleeing black man sparked the frenzy.

The men alleged excessive use of the stun gun, though Slager’s lawyers have defended his record as exemplary.”

Mario Givens is quoted as saying,

“If they’d listened to me Walter Scott might not be dead’: Man who filed excessive force complaint after being tasered by ‘killer cop’ in 2013 speaks out – and announces he’s suing.”

Givens was initially charged with resisting arrest, but was later released without charge.  He filed a police complaint but Slager was exonerated. Andy Savage, Slager’s criminal defense lawyer, has sought to bar any mention of the settlements at the trials on the basis that they misrepresent the lawman’s past. Savage is of the opinion that Slage was a gentle officer and not aggressive or over the top.

Julius Wilson was the first to file a lawsuit against Slager.  Wilson who was shot in the back with a taser during a 2014 traffic stop, was not a party to the settlement.   Wilson’s attorneys promised to delve into what they called unconstitutional police practices, and so far, they have succeeded. A federal magistrate judge has allowed Wilson’s suit to proceed.

On March 14, 2017, Slager asked a judge for a public defender to represent him at his retrial for the shooting death of Walter Scott.  If the judge approves, private attorney Andy Savage will be replaced by Chief Public Defender Ashley Pennington.  During a hearing, Pennington told Judge Clifton Newman that Slager is indigent and asked that Savage stay on the case in an advisory capacity.

Posted on 03/30/2017, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Mario Givens and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Dear Xena,

    I hope you get the other guy.

    It is sad and infuriating to figure out that Walter Scott’s death was clearly preventable if the powers to be had paid attention to prior complaints by suspects/ victims.

    I’m just relieved to learn that Officer Slager is being retried.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda,
      It began on November 23, 2015, and continues until this very day. I’ve hoped that he would completely melt down or get over it. The person is not a troll, such as others who began harassing me in 2012. He is a former writer for this blog; scrodriguez.

      Regarding Slager, he has two trials pending. Yes, it is infuriating knowing that Walter Scott’s death was preventable had administrators taken reports about Slager’s conduct seriously. People who appear to enjoy inflicting others with pain don’t generally stay within one range — they progress.

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  2. chuquestaquenumber1

    To Xena and all contributors:

    I apologise for bringing another topic into this discussion.

    Derrick Stafford former Alexandria City Marshall/ Marksville Police Lt. was just sentenced for the killing of Jeremy Mardis and wounding of Christopher Few. He faced 60 yrs.
    He received 55 yrs in prison. The full 40 yrs for manslaughter. 15 yrs for attempted manslaughter. He faced 20 yrs on attempted manslaughter.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/31/police-officer-jailed-for-55-years-after-shooting-dead-boy-6-6546296/

    This link gives you the court’s reasoning for the sentence.

    http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/be/1be03142-163c-11e7-8084-4fa83a58c5af/58de9a207ba6e.pdf.pdf

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    • Chuquest,
      Thanks for the update. There’s no reason to apologize for bringing up the update. I appreciate it when participants report their follow-up.

      I posted the sentence on the post about the trial and included a link to the judge’s sentencing order. Thanks again.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    “CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white former South Carolina police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist is expected in court as his federal trial approaches.

    Court documents show a hearing is scheduled Monday in the federal case against Michael Slager. Attorneys are gathering to discuss the admission of certain experts to testify.

    Slager’s federal civil rights trial in the death of Walter Scott starts next month.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/white-officer-expected-in-court-ahead-of-civil-rights-trial/2017/04/19/a28af70c-252a-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html?utm_term=.0d8ada645a20

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