A white former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to twenty years in jail for capturing an unarmed black motorist to dying in 2015.
A federal decide handed down the sentence for Michael Slager on Thursday. Slager pleaded responsible to violating Walter Scott’s civil rights by unjustly capturing him within the again 5 occasions as he was operating away from a visitors cease.
In arguing for a lighter sentence, Slager’s attorneys informed the decide that the previous North Charleston officer and Scott fought on the bottom and Scott reached for his stun gun in the course of the wrestle.
A bystander’s cellphone video didn’t seize the wrestle however did present Slager firing into Scott as he was operating away.