Attorney: Ex-cop who shot black man had no 'racial animus'

Attorney: Ex-cop who shot black man had no 'racial animus'

Scott was unarmed and running away from Slager when the bullets pierced his body and ended his life.

For three days, attorneys representing the federal government and a former SC officer charged in an unarmed black motorist's shooting death have presented technical testimony to a judge considering how much time Michael Slager should spend in federal prison. He said he misses watching football games with his dad and can't fathom not being able to watch with him the game they both loved.

The case made global headlines when a cell phone video of the shooting surfaced, and became a flashpoint in the ongoing debate about the use of force by police. Feidin Santana testified that he never saw Scott grab Slager's stun gun or charge at the officer.

Judge Norton, according to Burr, said that no matter what sentence he hands down, the Scott family and Slager family won't like it.

Scott family lawyer Justin Bamberg said: 'I think everybody's just ready to close this chapter of life and start the next chapter.

Walter Scott in his Coast Guard days. "I would like you to sentence the defendant to the strongest sentence the laws allow because he murdered my one and only father". Federal officials have recommended 10 to almost 13 years in prison, but his attorneys argue Slager should face far less time.

Federal prosecutor Jared Fishman said Slager changed his story of what happened multiple times and wasn't justified in shooting Scott.

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Federal authorities allege Slager obstructed justice by misleading officials about his encounter with Scott, including moving the stun gun from where it had fallen prior to the shooting.

On April 4, 2015, Slager stopped the vehicle Scott was driving in North Charleston for a broken rear brake light. The state murder charge was dropped as part of Slager's federal plea deal. During her statement, she locked eyes with Slager, who began crying. A year ago, a state judge declared a mistrial when jurors deadlocked.

During his exam, Slager told the doctor he remembered having a "scuffle" with Scott but otherwise didn't recall specific details from any fight the men had.

In an unusual move, attorneys for Slager called the state prosecutor to the stand to question her about their assertions that she and federal prosecutors unfairly teamed up on Slager. Prosecutors believe the videos depict the officer's callous behavior. He also testified that he heard Slager say "Let go of my taser before I shoot you".

"We will never be the same again", said Anthony Scott, the motorist's older brother. There was a tasering and a tussle, and when the unarmed Scott managed to run away, Slager fired eight shots from behind, killing him.

Scott's mother, Judy Scott, said she was on the phone with her when he was pulled over and told him to comply with the officer's demands "so there wouldn't be any trouble".

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