A police officer is finally being held accountable and going to jail for killing an unarmed black man.
Michael Slager, a former South Carolina cop, has been sentenced to 19 to 24 years for the 2015 death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist whom Slager had shot in the back during a routine traffic stop.
In the ruling, U.S. District Judge David Norton found that Slager, 36, had committed second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Norton’s decision was delivered after Slager pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights offense.
The guilty plea effectively “end[ed] the federal case against him and also resolv[ed] the state charges that were pending after the mistrial,” reported ABC News4.
This is the second time Slager has stood trial for Scott’s death. Last year, Slager evaded justice when the former North Charleston cop’s trial ended in a mistrial.