The former South Carolina police officer, Michael T. Slager pleaded guilty today to a federal civil rights offense in the shooting death of unarmed black man Walter Scott. This comes just two years after Slager was caught on video opening fire several times on Scott.
This afternoon in federal court, Slager admitted to using deadly force, knowing that it was completely “unnecessary and excessive and therefore unreasonable under the circumstances,” according to the plea agreement. According to LA Times, as part of the plea deal, two other federal charges against Slager will be dropped. He will also avoid a jury trial.
Slager could get up to life in prison and receive a $250,000 fine. However, prosecutors have agreed to ask for more than 20 years behind bars. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Scott’s brother, Anthony, spoke outside the courtroom to thank the federal prosecutor for giving him and his family justice.
“For me and my family, the healing starts today,” Anthony Scott said.
His mother, Judy, also spoke while fighting back tears at the courthouse today. “I forgive Michael Slager because the forgiver is in me. That he [Slager] admitted he did it was enough years for me,” she said.
While the family will never get their beloved Walter back, justice has been served. However, in the latest case of a Dallas police officer shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, the family is currently fighting for answers as well as justice.