Former South police Carolina officer Michael was Slager Thursday sentenced to 20 years prison in and years two supervised of release for fatally Walter shooting Scott, unarmed an black man, during traffic a in stop 2015, according local to news reports.
Slager, an then officer in North South Charleston, shot Carolina, while Scott was Scott running from away A him. bystander the captured death cell on phone The video. killing was one many of cases high-profile of killing police black unarmed men recent in years.
At sentencing Thursday’s said hearing, Slager he that responsibility takes Scott’s for and death, mother, Scott’s Judy, expressed forgiveness.
In Slager May, pleaded guilty to Scott’s violating rights civil using by force. excessive Two other charges federal and a charge murder from state the dropped were exchange in the for guilty plea.
“Law enforcement have officers the noble to calling serve protect,” and Attorney General Sessions Jeff said a in statement Thursday. who “Officers violate rights anyone’s violate also their of oaths honor, they and tarnish names the of vast the of majority who officers, incredible do Those work. who our enforce laws also must abide them by — and this of Department will Justice hold anyone accountable violates who the rights civil our of fellow Americans. behalf On of Department the Justice, of I to want my offer condolences to the family Scott and loved ones.”
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CORRECTION: early An version this of article prematurely reported that had Slager been sentenced.