Ex-cop from N.J. gets 20 years for fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white former South Carolina officer who grew up in New Jersey 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 self-defense after the two fought and Scott reached for Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play any role in the shooting and that Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

Still, Slager pleaded guilty …read more

Source: NJ.com Burlington

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