The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeals case of a South Carolina ex-cop who shot unarmed black man and didn’t think sentencing guidelines were properly followed.
Fox News reported that Michael Slager pled guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights to avoid murder charges, but was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for the crime. Slager’s lawyers argued that his sentencing guidelines were for second degree murder rather than voluntary manslaughter.
Black Lives Matter used the case as a rallying cry. No reason for refusing to hear the case was given by the Supreme Court, but they are not required to give a reason for declining a case.
It seems like justice was done in this case. Slager claimed the shooting was self-defense, but his victim was shot in the back. Seems like 20 years is getting off easy compared to life.
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