- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, where a former police officer is charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist, has asked that the city police department be reviewed under a U.S. Justice Department program.

Summey said at a Friday news conference he has asked for a three-year review of the department by the Justice Department’s Community-Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.

Summey says he thinks the department works well but the city is always open to suggestions for improvements from outside groups.

Summey says he spoke to the Justice Department last year after the April 2015 shooting death of motorist Walter Scott. Former officer Michael Slager faces trial later this year.

Last fall the city approved a $6.5 million civil settlement with Scott’s family.

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