Ex-policeman Michael Slager jailed for shooting Walter Scott

Motorist Walter Scott (L) is seen in this composite photo with former South Carolina officer Michael Slager (R).

A former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed African-American motorist.

Michael Slager committed second-degree murder when he shot Walter Scott in the back as he fled arrest after a traffic stop, a judge ruled on Thursday.

“I forgive you,” relatives of Scott told Slager in court, as they spoke about how the death impacted them.

A bystander recorded mobile phone video of the April 2015 shooting death.

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