Ex South Carolina Police Officer Gets Prison Time for Killing Unarmed Black Man

A former South Carolina police officer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison after a judge found him guilty of second-degree murder in the death of an unarmed black man.

The judge announced his sentence hours after ruling that Michael Slager committed murder and obstructed justice against the driver, Walter Scott. The judge had said he sentenced Slager to 20 years in prison.

The judge could have found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and Slager could have faced life in prison. He said, "No matter what sentence I give, neither the Scott family nor the Slager family will think it is right." The judge said the crime was grave and Scott did not deserve to be shot.


Slager stopped Scott's car for a broken brake light in North Charleston in April 2015. Scott jumped out of the car and Slager chased him for about 200 yards before the men scuffled and Scott was shot. A video recorded by an eyewitness showed Slager shooting Scott eight times as he ran away. The footage spurred nationwide outrage. CNN FULL STORY

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