Former cop Michael Slager gets 20 years for murder of Walter Scott

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Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Walter Scott today. The Associated Press reports Scott’s family had asked the judge to deliver a significant sentence, even as they expressed forgiveness for Slager:

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop…

“I forgive Michael Slager. I forgive you,” Scott’s mother, Judy, said as she turned toward her son’s killer. “I pray for you, that you would repent and let Jesus come in your life.”

Sitting just a few feet away, Slager wiped tears from his eyes and mouthed: “I’m sorry.”

Slager and his family also spoke to the judge in an effort to secure a