Federal Judge Blocks Evidence of Michael Slagers Conversation with Police Group


Post and Courier – A phone conversation that former North Charleston officer Michael Slager had with a police association cannot be used against him in his lawsuit that seeks legal aid from the group, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

In issuing the order, U.S. District Judge David Norton said the statements Slager made to the Southern States Police Benevolent Association should be sealed because they could harm the former policeman in the criminal cases in the fatal shooting of Walter Scott.

Ronnie Richter and Eric Bland, asked the judge for the protective order to seal an association representative’s testimony about what Slager said in the phone call on the day of the April 2015 shooting. They cited Slager’s attorney-client privilege and constitutional right not to incriminate himself.

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