A police officer is finally being held accountable and going to jail for killing an unarmed black man.
Michael Slager, a former South Carolina cop, has been sentenced to 19 to 24 years for the 2015 death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist whom Slager had shot in the back during a routine traffic stop.
In the ruling, U.S. District Judge David Norton found that Slager, 36, had committed second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Norton’s decision was delivered after Slager pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights offense.
The guilty plea effectively “end[ed] the federal case against him and also resolv[ed] the state charges that were pending after the mistrial,” reported ABC News4.
This is the second time Slager has stood trial for Scott’s death. Last year, Slager evaded justice when the former North Charleston cop’s trial ended in a mistrial.
Slager could have been given a life sentence in addition to a $250,000 fine for using excessive force during the routine traffic stop, but the 19-24 year sentence is a definite improvement over the standard paid vacation and no punishment cops normally receive after killing unarmed people.
The ex-cop had lied multiple times about the event, originally claiming he had shot Scott in self-defense. This story is an obvious lie based on video evidence. Cellphone footage taken by a bystander revealed that Slager shot Scott in the back as he was fleeing from the cop.