Former South Carolina Cop Michael Slager Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Policing While White
Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for fatal shooting of fleeing black prisoner Walter Scott, who had repeatedly assaulted him.
“Slager fired at Scott’s back from 17 feet (5 meters) away. Five of eight bullets hit him.”
Whereas other media operatives lied, and repeatedly claimed that Officer Michael Slager had shot Walter Scott five times in the back, the AP’s Meg Kinnard fudged things, giving her plausible deniability. Actually, Slager fired eight times, missing with three rounds, hitting Scott in the back three times, in the butt once, and once in one ear. But for the Anti-White-Cop Brigade, the number is irrelevant. The rage they vent at any whitecop (one word) who ever kills a black perp is the same, whether the whitecop fires once or a dozen times.
The sentence is an outrage because:
1. Slager had a legal right to shoot Scott, because the latter was a fleeing prisoner;
2. Slager and his attorney were coerced into accepting a plea bargain without knowing the sentence up front; and
3. Many other reasons I can’t go into for space reasons, but can be viewed here.
I was unable to reach Michael Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage at press time, but suffice to say that it will not be a Merry Christmas in the Slager or Savage household this year.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — 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 Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.
Still, Slager pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Scott’s civil rights. As part of the plea agreement reached in May, prosecutors dropped state murder charges. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked in that case.
“This is a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened,” U.S. District Judge David Norton said.
A bystander recorded the shooting on a cellphone, and it was shared around the world, setting off protests across the U.S. as demonstrators said it was another egregious example of police officers mistreating African-Americans.
Slager fired at Scott’s back from 17 feet (5 meters) away. Five of eight bullets hit him…. [White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, last updated: December 7, 2017, 1:59 p.m.]