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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. Read the rest of this entry

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