SC slay cop gets 20 years

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A white former South Carolina po­lice of­fi­cer was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison on Thurs­day for fa­tally shoot­ing an un­armed black mo­torist in the back in 2015, wrap­ping up a case that be­came a ral­ly­ing cry for the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

At­tor­neys for ex-North Charleston Of­fi­cer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Wal­ter Scott in self­de­fense af­ter the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shoot­ing and Slager never had any “racial an­i­mus” toward mi­nori­ties.

Still, Slager (right) pleaded guilty in fed­eral court to vi­o­lat­ing Scott’s civil rights. As part of the plea agree- ment reached in May, pros­e­cu­tors dropped state mur­der charges. A yearr ago, a state judge de­clared a mis­trial when jurors dead locke dead­locked in that case.

“This is a tragedy thatat shouldn’t have hap­pened,” US Dis­trict Judge Davidd Nor­ton said.

A by­s­tander recordedd the shoot­ing (above) on a cell­phone, and it was shared around the world, set-set­ting off protests across thethe US as demon­stra­tors said it was an­other egre­giousus ex­am­ple of po­lice of­fi­cers mis­treat­ing African-Amer­i­cans. me ric ans.

Slager fired at Scott’stt’s back from 17 feet away. Five of eight bul­lets hit Scott.

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