Ex-South Carolina cop's shooting of motorist was murder: judge

Defense Expert Says Walter Scott Said F*** The Police!' Before He was Killed

Defense Expert Says Walter Scott Said F*** The Police!' Before He was Killed

The former officer shot and killed the 50-year-old Scott on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston when Scott fled his vehicle after being pulled over for a broken brake light.

Slager had claimed that Scott had wrested his stun gun from him, and that he fired his gun in self-defense. He broke down the cell phone video frame by frame and explained that he could see that there was a fight between Scott and Slager, when they were on the ground.

While that case was ongoing, federal authorities pursued a parallel investigation against Slager on civil rights charges.

The bystander's video started after the struggle between Slager and Scott and showed Scott running away and the officer firing eight times.

He also testified that he could see the taser fall behind Michael Slager.

The former SC police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, following a traffic stop was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars in a federal case stemming from the shooting.

After the sentencing, Judy Scott and Walter's two brothers told reporters that, while they had made peace with the case, they remained adamant the officer should pay for his crime.

"The killing of Walter Scott was not justified", Fishman said.

For three days, attorneys representing the federal government and a former SC officer charged in an unarmed black motorist's shooting death have presented technical testimony to a judge considering how much time Michael Slager should spend in federal prison.

Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for second degree murder while the defense is hoping for anywhere from 10 to 12 years for manslaughter for the 2015 shooting of motorist Walter Scott which was captured on video by a bystander. Slager's attorneys think the videos show him acting in a calm, professional demeanor leading up to the fatal shooting of Walter Scott. Prosecutors have supported the murder finding, which would expose Slager to up to life in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge David Norton handed down the sentence Thursday against Michael Slager for the death of Walter Scott. As part of a plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. Hit five times in the back, Scott crumples to the ground, falling facedown.

She asked Slager to accept Jesus and said she forgives him for the shooting. His murder trial ended with a deadlocked jury past year, and prosecutors had vowed to retry Slager in state court. Slager contends he was securing the weapon.

Judge Norton opened proceedings Thursday and said he believes it was second degree murder and that Slager committed obstruction of justice.

SC has been aggressive in charging white officers who shoot unarmed black people.

Slager pleaded not guilty in the case, and his attorney said at trial past year that his client shot Scott because he feared for his life. Before a state retrial and a federal trial, Slager in May pleaded guilty to violating Scott's civil rights in federal court. But only Slager and former state trooper Sean Groubert, who shot a man as he tried to get his wallet during a seat belt violation check, will have been sent to prison.

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