The previous South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, following a visitors cease was sentenced Thursday to twenty years behind bars in a federal case stemming from the capturing.
Michael Slager, who had been an officer with the North Charleston police, was charged with homicide in state courtroom and indicted on federal civil rights fees after the capturing in 2015. His homicide trial ended with a deadlocked jury final yr, and prosecutors had vowed to retry Slager in state courtroom.
However earlier this yr, Slager pleaded responsible to a single federal civil rights cost as a part of a plea deal that resolved each instances. A decide sentenced him to twenty years in jail, in line with The Related Press, which had a reporter on the sentencing.
Beneath the phrases of the plea settlement introduced in Might, Slager pleaded responsible to at least one rely of violating Scott’s rights underneath colour of regulation, and prosecutors stated they might push for a decide to use sentencing tips for second-diploma homicide and obstruction of justice. Slager might have confronted a life sentence, however prosecutors additionally stated as a part of the plea deal that they might advocate that his sentence be lowered because of his “acceptance of duty.”
Scott’s demise in April 2015 turned among the many most excessive-profile police shootings in recent times resulting from graphic video that later emerged. Within the recording, which was captured by a bystander, the 50-yr-previous Scott was seen hurrying away because the officer fired a volley of rounds on the driver’s again.
The video shortly ricocheted across the web and on information stations, and Slager was arrested and fired from his police pressure.
Slager stated he feared for his life in the course of the encounter. In one other video recording, this one taken by Slager’s dashboard digital camera because the visitors cease obtained underway, the 2 males could possibly be seen interacting earlier than Scott acquired out of his automotive and fled. Slager is then heard on a police radio reporting an outline of Scott earlier than yelling, “Taser, Taser, Taser!”
Through the trial, Slager testified that he was scared and felt “complete worry that Mr. Scott was coming towards me.” The previous officer additionally stated that he tried to subdue Scott and that the driving force had grabbed his…