Ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for shooting

Michael Slager

The conviction of a former SC cop has finally disrupted the devastating pattern of the unrebuked killings of Black men by police.

Dixon, a former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is one of the many voices in the African-American community calling for a release of Department of Justice findings from a review of the North Charleston Police Department conducted after the Scott shooting.

Slager took responsibility for his actions that day and said the tragic event that occurred in seconds changed the lives of everyone involved.

A white former SC police officer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist.

The judge did not immediately sentence Slager, 36, who could face up to life in prison.

Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating Scott's civil rights, stating during his plea hearing that he "used deadly force even though it was objectively unreasonable under the circumstances", according to the New York Times.

Slager's family had a chance to talk too, and his mother said her son didn't shoot Scott in anger or prejudice.

The case was ultimately heard in federal court after USA attorneys reached a plead deal with Slager earlier this year.

Andy Savage said Thursday he felt it would be appropriate for Michael Slager to receive about 19 years in prison for shooting a black motorist to death in 2015.

Before the sentence was handed down, the judge had to decide whether the shooting amounted to second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Slager and his family also spoke to the judge in an effort to secure a lighter sentence.

Scott's mother, Judy Scott, said through tears that her faith in God gives her the ability to forgive Slager. As South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hansen reports, Slager turned to her and silently mouthed, "I'm sorry". "I pray for you".

Attorneys for the former North Charleston officer said he shot the 50-year-old Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager's stun gun. But the Scott family successfully pleaded for calm, asking everyone to let the justice system run its course. As part of Slager's federal plea deal, the state of SC dropped its pending murder charge.

"This is a tragedy that shouldn't have happened", said Norton, who could have thrown the disgraced law enforcer behind bars for 24 years.

The ruling comes as part of federal sentencing proceedings for Michael Slager.

The shooting was captured on a bystander's cellphone and shared around the world, setting off Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S.as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers' mistreatment of African-Americans.

Slager had claimed that Scott had wrested his stun gun from him, and that he fired his gun in self-defense. "I want you to know that he is a very good person and we all love him very, very much".

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