Former Cop Michael Slager Sentenced To 20 Years For Violating Walter Scott’s Civil Rights

Walter Scott

The family of Walter Scott has expressed forgiveness, but said that they are glad to see Michael Slager held accountable.  Walter was killed in April 2015.

The State charged North Charleston police officer Michael Slager with murder or voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man.  Walter Scott was shot in the back 5 times.

Trial began on November 3, 2016, with closing arguments on November 30, 2016.  We followed the trial on this blog with part 1; part 2; and part 3.

Slager said in his report that Walter took his taser from him, giving him justification to use deadly force.   However, a by-stander’s video was released shortly after the deadly encounter that shows Slager unholstered his weapon and fire as Walter ran away.  The video also shows that Slager walked back and retrieved his taser, which was dropped to the ground before Walter ran.  Slager placed his taser next to Walter’s dead body.   After the release of the video, Slager’s attorney then withdrew his representation and Slager was terminated from his job and charged with murder.

Michael Slager

The jury in Slager’s state trial hung, and a mistrial was declared by the judge.  The State of South Carolina was going to retry the case, and a federal investigation resulted in an indictment with the feds also wanting to put Slager on trial.

In May 2017, Slager pleaded guilty to federal charge of deprivation of rights under the color of law; that he acted willfully, and that death resulted.

In exchange for the plea, state murder charges; one count of obstruction of justice; and one count of use of a firearm during a crime of violence were dismissed.   Federal prosecutors however, still sought the maximum of a life sentence for Slager.

Today, Thursday December 7, 2017, US District Court Judge David Norton sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in federal prison. Judge Norton said the “appropriate underlying offense” for Slager was second-degree murder.  Although the plea agreement was to dismiss the charge of obstruction of justice, the federal judge made a finding in his sentencing  that Slager obstructed justice.  Slager’s attorney had argued that the appropriate offense was voluntary manslaughter.  Slager has 14 days to appeal.

CNN Reports:

“In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his condolences to the Scott family and stressed the duty police officers have to uphold the law and protect citizens.”

“Officers who violate anyone’s rights also violate their oaths of honor, and they tarnish the names of the vast majority of officers, who do incredible work,” he said. “Those who enforce our laws must also bide by them — and this Department of Justice will hold accountable anyone who violates the civil rights of our fellow Americans.”




Posted on 12/07/2017, in Cases, Trial Videos, Walter Scott and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I suppose he forgot that his client plead guilty.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Xena, I appreciate that you keep us up-to-date on the important cases we have been following.

    The video was so very important in this case. It changed the direction of the case.

    I still think of how Sen./Rev. Clementa Pinkney spoke about the video in his speech before the State Senator. Here he is speaking to the State Senate on the killing of Walter Scott by Slager:

    (Sen. Pinkney gave this speech in early May, just a few weeks before he was gunned down by Dylan Roof at Mother Emmanuel church in Charleston.)

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  3. This is proof of how necessary the BLM movement is and how it is working. I am floored over Session’s comments.

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    • Mindmyme,
      Yeah — we never really know when and if we can take Sessions seriously. I give credit to federal prosecutors who filed the charges before Sessions was appointed A.G.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Today, Thursday December 7, 2017, US District Court Judge David Norton sentenced Michael Slager to 20 years in federal prison.’ … I’d have a hard time forgiving!!

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    • Horty! Good seeing you. Thanks for the reblog, dear friend.

      It is said that forgiving is for the person or persons forgiving. It allows them to go hold with peace in their hearts. By analogy, it’s like not reaping and sowing in the gardens of others, and allows them to tend to their own garden. They are responsible for pulling up the weeds and thorns and if they don’t, that is what they reap.

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  5. Dear Xena,

    I am pleased and frankly surprised that this case was prosecuted under the DOJ headed by Jeff Sessions. Miracles do happen and on occasion, justice is finally done.

    Hugs, Gronda


    • Gronda,
      Sessions is taking credit take he doesn’t deserve. Sessions had nothing to do with the federal indictment and charges because they came before Trump was elected and appointed Sessions. Neither should Sessions take credit because Slager pleaded guilty and avoided trial. It was the work of U.S. Attorneys who were there under the last administration.

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