Ex-South Carolina Cop Michael Slager Sentenced To 20 years For Walter Scott Killing

Defense attorneys Andy Savage, left, Don McCune, and Miller Shealy, right, sit around former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at theCharleston County court in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Judge Clifton Newman declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Slager shot and killed a black motorist. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool)

More than two years ago, the fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist, by a white South Carolina police officer set off a wave of national protests over the use of lethal force.

On Thursday, Michael Slager, who was fired as a North Charleston policeman days after the shooting, was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Slager pleaded guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights and as part of the plea agreement reached in May the prosecutors dropped state murder charges. District Judge David Norton said Slager shot Scott with “malice and recklessness” and then gave false testimony to investigators. Norton ruled that Slager, 36, was guilty of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He also sentenced Slager to two years of supervision after his release.

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