The former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott was sentenced to 20 years in prison. According to CNN, Michael Slager, a white police officer, was convicted of shooting Scott, an unarmed black man, in 2015.
On April 4, 2015, Slager was an officer with the North Charleston Police Department when he stopped 50-year-old Scott for a broken taillight. The routine traffic stop turned deadly when Scott, a father of four, ran away and was fatally shot by Slager. He shot eight times and hit Scott five times. The then-33-year-old officer claimed that Scott took his Taser and that he feared for his life. After he was shot, Slager handcuffed Scott's arms.
Footage of the incident went viral, and it caused shock and disbelief to ripple throughout the nation. Scott's family received a $6.5 million settlement in 2015. Judy Scott, Scott's mother, told CNN at the time that she was ready to forgive. She explained she felt "forgiveness in my heart, even for the guy that shot and killed my son."
The federal prosecutor criticized Slager for the incident during his closing statements, saying it's "time to call it what it was — a murder."
Slager "acted out of malice and and forethought, shooting dead an unarmed and fleeing Walter Scott," US District Judge David Norton said. "Slager's actions were disproportional to Scott's misconduct."
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