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White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting of Walter Scott

PIX 11 NEWS | 12/7/2017, 3:17 p.m.
A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed ...
Officer Michael Slager fatally shot unarmed Black Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C.

A white former South Carolina 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 self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shooting and that Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

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