The U.S. Justice Department is launching an official review of the police department in North Charleston, where a former officer faces state and federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed motorist Walter Scott.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says in a release he and other Justice Department officials are announcing a comprehensive review at a news conference Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Last month, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey requested a review of the department by the Justice Department's Community-Oriented Policing Services program. Summey says he thinks the department works well but the city is always open to suggestions for improvements.
Michael Slager faces state murder charges in the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott. Last week, he pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights charges related to the shooting.