Ex-So. Carolina officer gets 20 years for shooting unarmed black man

US cop sentenced to 20 years for shooting unarmed black man who was trying to run away

Ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for South Carolina shooting

The former SC law enforcer, after hearing from victim Walter Scott's mother, wiped tears from his eyes as a four-day court hearing came to an emotional end.

A former SC police officer will spend 20 years in prison for shooting and killing an unarmed man in North Charleston, a case that drew worldwide attention and sparked a debate about the use of force by law enforcement.

And, Norton said, Slager obstructed justice by his inaccurate statements to law enforcement after the shooting.

The video doesn't capture the fight between the two men, but it shows Slager shoot Scott from a distance, run back to retrieve his stun gun, and then drop it by the man's lifeless body.

Slager pulled Scott over for a broken brake light in April 2015, and the 50-year-old Scott ran during the stop.

Fishman also said Slager had changed his story several times as to what he remembered about the shooting, including flawed state trial testimony about Scott charging him with his own stun gun.

On Thursday, attorneys are expected to call friends and relatives of both men who'll tell the judge how Scott's death and the officer's arrest have affected their lives.

Newsweek reports prior to Thursday, the 2009 convictions of three cops marked the most recent instance in which the justice system held cops accountable for killing an unarmed Black person. It concluded one of the few cases in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting.

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Norton had indicated he would sentence the 36-year-old Slager to between 235 months and 293 months in prison, or from almost 20 years to more than 24 years.

Former police officer, Michael Slager, shot Walter Scott five times during a 2015 traffic stop.

U.S. District Judge David Norton, who earlier ruled the cop's shooting of Scott was second-degree murder, imposed the lengthy jail term - still less than the 24 years that he considered.

Morgan said he felt that Slager had an above-average tolerance for stress and didn't diagnose him with any disorder related to memory loss.

Michael Slager (right) walks from the Charleston courthouse following a mistrial past year.

Mr Scott's mother, Judy Scott, addressed Slager during the sentencing. "I pray for you, that you would repent and let Jesus come in your life".

Slager's emotions stood in stark contrast to his stoic demeanour during his state murder trial when jurors deadlocked over a verdict.

Slager's attorneys have continued to reiterate his self-defence claim, saying race didn't play a role and Slager never had any "racial animus" toward minorities. Prior to his pleading guilty, Scott's mother declared she had forgiven him. Many white officers too often use deadly force unnecessarily against black people. Four have pleaded guilty in state or federal court in the past six years.

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