Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed unarmed Walter Scott, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison.
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According to ABC news, U.S. District Judge David Norton found that the made the ruling after saying he would follow sentencing guidelines to send Slager to prison for 19 to 24 years. The former officer could have faced life in prison. Norton ruled that Slager committed second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
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April 4, 2015 Walter Scott was pulled over by officer Slager for a broken tail light. Witness video appeared to show Slager fatally shooting Scott as he ran away. He was fired from the force after the shooting.
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Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown’s Death
1. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.Source:Getty 1 of 11
2. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city’s uprising.Source:Getty 2 of 11
3. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source:Getty 3 of 11
4. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source:Getty 4 of 11
5. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source:Getty 5 of 11
6. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source:Getty 6 of 11
7. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source:Getty 7 of 11
8. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to “control” protests.Source:Getty 8 of 11
9. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death.Source:Getty 9 of 11
10. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.Source:Getty 10 of 11
11. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source:Getty 11 of 11