December 07, 2017 3:09 pm

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man in 2015, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, NBC News reports.

The decision comes two years after Slager shot and killed motorist Walter Scott as he was fleeing from the officer. Slager initially claimed he feared for his life after Scott allegedly reached for his stun gun during a traffic stop. But viral video of the incident — which shows Slager firing his weapon eight times as Scott ran away — prompted national protests about brutality and racial bias in policing.

Scott was shot five times. The video does not show the 50-year-old man reaching for Slager’s stun gun.

Related article: Justice for Walter Scott: Federal civil rights trial for Michael Slager to begin in spring

From NBC News:


Scott’s mother, Judy Scott, was reportedly present at the sentencing to talk about her son, saying he grew up a “happy” child. According to the news outlet, Slager began to cry after Judy Scott turned directly toward the ex-cop to tell him she forgave him.

This is a developing story.