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.
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.