Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ex-South Carolina cop Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years

The former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was fleeing a traffic stop, was indicted by a federal grand jury that also charged him with a civil rights violation.

Scott was pulled over by Michael Slager in April 2015 for a non-functioning brake light. Slager shot Scott in the back when Scott tried to flee the scene; a video of the shooting surfaced later, which contradicted Slager's police report.

Walter Scott
Slager was one of 10 officers charged with a crime in connection to 990 fatal police shootings in 2015.

The Justice Department has declined over 96 percent of the more than 13,000 federal civil rights complaints brought against police officers since 1995.

Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott’s civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked.

Michael Slager