Former officer charged with murder sues over representation

Michael Slager (AP/Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLESTON — A former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the death of a black motorist is suing a police group saying the group failed to provide the legal representation he paid for under an insurance plan.

Attorneys for Michael Slager filed a federal breach of contract lawsuit Tuesday against the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.

The suit alleges Slager, who’s charged in the killing of Walter Scott, was never provided the legal representation he was entitled to under his policy’s legal defense benefit.

The suit says that four days after the April shooting, the association said it would not provide the benefit because it determined Slager had committed an intentional and/or illegal act.

The association did not immediately respond Wednesday to phone and email messages seeking comment.