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Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the case of the former North Charleston police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, during a traffic stop four years ago.

The ex-cop, Michael Slager, appealed his case to the nation's highest court in April after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ex-lawman's 20-year sentence at the beginning of this year.

The court on Monday published its list of cases accepted — just three — and added to the next term's docket. Slager's was among the more than 100 that were denied. No additional documentation articulating the justices' denial has been published.

Scott's death in 2015 garnered attention across the country and contributed to a national dialogue surrounding use of police force against black civilians.

It was on April 4, 2015, when Slager pulled over Scott's vehicle for a defective brake light. The officer pulled out his Taser and a fight broke out. A video captured by a witness showed the two struggling, although conflicting reports would later surface about who may have been the aggressor in the brawl.

Scott fled on foot. Slager fired eight shots as the man ran away from him; five bullets struck him. Slager was arrested and charged in Scott's murder when the video became public three days later.

Slager's case went to trial in 2016 where jurors became deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial. In May 2017, the ex-cop and his defense team reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation for using excessive force when he shot Scott, 50.

The plea included the separate state murder charge being dismissed.

Slager was sentenced in December 2017 and is incarcerated in a Colorado federal prison where he is expected to be released in 2034.

An attorney representing Slager could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-937-5591. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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