Justice Dept holding listening session in North Charleston

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Posted: Jun 06, 2016 8:33 AM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice officials are in North Charleston, South Carolina, this week in efforts to reform the city's police department, a year after a white officer shot unarmed black motorist.

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is holding a listening session at 6 p.m. Monday at the Alfred Williams Community Center.

Officials hope this will elicit feedback on how the department can improve trust and build relationships.

Last month, the Justice Department announced a two-year agency review. City officials requested the review after the April 2015 shooting of the 50-year-old Walter Scott.

Michael Slager, the former officer captured on cellphone video firing eight times as Scott ran from a traffic stop, faces a murder charge in state court. He has pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights charges.