The Latest: Feds to look at North Charleston police agency

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Posted: May 17, 2016 11:29 AM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Justice Departments plans to review operations of the North Charleston Police Department. (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

The Justice Department has announced a two-year study of the North Charleston police department after last year's shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott by a white city police officer.

Chief Noble Wray of the department's community oriented policing services said the review was requested by the community and city officials and will cost up to $600,000.

Wray said there'll be recommendations in about six months on suggested improvements in the department.

There will be another report six months later on how the department is implementing those suggestions. A final report would come a year later.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says the government has responded to a call from the community.North Charleston officer Michael Slager was fired shortly after the April 2015 shooting and is awaiting trial on a murder charge.

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2:40 a.m.

Federal officials are giving details of 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 black motorist Walter Scott.

The Justice Department is holding a news conference Tuesday to announce its comprehensive review, which was requested by Mayor Keith Summey.

The review comes amid state and federal cases against Michael Slager, the former officer captured on cellphone video firing eight times as Scott ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. Slager was fired, and his case inflamed a national debate about how white officers treat blacks.

Slager's trial on state murder charges is scheduled to begin in October. He pleaded not guilty last week to federal civil rights charges.