Ex-Cop Jailed for 20 Years for Shooting Black Motorist

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A day after being sentenced to 20 years in prison, online records show that former North Charleston police officer is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center, the same facility he's been held at since pleading guilty to a federal civil rights violation in May.

U.S. District Judge David Norton had to decide whether Michael Slager's shooting of Walter Scott in April 2015 was manslaughter or murder before he sentences the ex-officer. The second-degree murder ruling came with a recommended 19 to 24 year sentence.

Before he was sentenced, Scott's mother, Judy Scott, spoke to the court, and offered compassion to her son's killer.

Families on both sides of the court burst into tears.

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 pleaded guilty in May to violating Scott's civil rights.

Video showed Slager shooting Walter Scott in the back as the unarmed man was running away from a traffic stop back in 2015. Slager, who is white, fired five times into Scott's back as he ran away. Slager is white and Scott was African American and was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

Slager also apologised to the Scott family for his actions.

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Slager alleged the shooting was an act of self-defense.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A white former SC police officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death and should expect to spend about two decades in prison, a judge said Thursday as he prepared to sentence the ex-officer for a federal civil rights violation. Slager's attorney said during that trial that Slager had shot Scott out of fear for his life. Prosecutors think he put it there to bolster his self-defense story.

The judge also found that Slager, 36, obstructed justice when he made statements to state police after the shooting. "Forgiveness is in my heart there and I pray for you that you would repent and let Jesus come into your life".

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

"Your honor, I miss my dad so much I can't sleep at night", he said. "At the end of the day, God had a ram in the bush, and his name was [Feidin] Santana, who was courageous enough to film this horrendous act that was done to my brother".

A pre-sentencing report for Slager found that he committed manslaughter and recommended 10 to almost 13 years in prison. But the judge was not bound by that decision. "Scott was a father of four and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard whose life was senselessly cut short due to a tragic encounter with the police".

Separately, Slager faced murder charges in SC and has pleaded not guilty. Groubert was sentenced to five years behind bars.