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Friday, December 08, 2017

Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder. The sentence, which was within the range of federal guidelines, was pronounced in Federal District Court in Charleston about seven months after Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot and killed him in April 2015. The case against Slager is one of the few instances in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting.

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It's a shame it took a federal civil rights prosecution to get the conviction. His state murder trial ended in a hung jury. www.postandcourier.com

#1 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-07 11:05 PM | Reply

He might do 5.

#2 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-12-08 08:17 PM | Reply

"The case against Mr. Slager is one of the few instances in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting."

Can't wait for Trump to pardon him!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-08 08:59 PM | Reply

That shooting was so obviously wrong. And then the cop is covering his ass within seconds of the shooting by dropping the taser near the victim's body. He deserves to do time.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2017-12-09 04:28 PM | Reply

He might do 5.

He'll likely do closer to 17, the feds don't do parole.

With the exception of the comparatively small number of offenders who are sentenced to death or life behind bars or who die while incarcerated, all inmates in federal prisons will eventually be released. Their release dates are determined by two factors: the court-imposed sentences they received after their convictions and the amount of time -- if any -- deducted from their sentences for good behavior. Unlike many states, the federal government does not have parole. Instead, under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, all federal prisoners must spend a minimum of 85 percent of their sentences behind bars before becoming eligible for release, with a maximum of 15 percent set aside as a reward for good behavior. The nearly 62,000 inmates who were released from federal prison in 2012 served an average of 88 percent of their court-imposed sentences. www.pewtrusts.org

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-09 05:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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