Feds to Look at North Charleston Police Agency

A former officer faces charges in the shooting death of Walter Scott

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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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