Scott's youngest son takes the stand in sentencing hearing of ex-cop

Son of slain black man wants life in prison for ex-officer

Son of slain black man wants life in prison for ex-officer

"He loved me to death and he was always there for me".

On Day three of sentencing of Michael Slager, the judge heard from Walter Scott's youngest son.

Miles Scott, delivering his victim impact statement out of order to accommodate his high school schedule, urged US District Judge David Norton to impose the "strongest sentence" on the man who took the life of "my one and only father".

Miles Scott, his voice shaky, sat next to his mother as he read the statement. As I get older my dad will never see me or his future grand kids. "I never thought I would lose him at a young age and I still can't believe he is gone".

Slager faces a possible life sentence, although federal officials have recommended 10 to almost 13 years in prison.

Slager has been in jail since pleading guilty in May to violating Scott's civil rights.

Slager is being sentenced this week for violating Scott's civil rights. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for second degree murder while the defense is hoping for anywhere from 10 to 12 years for manslaughter for the 2015 shooting which was captured on video by a bystander.

This week, Slager sits in a federal courtroom, where a judge is considering how much time the former North Charleston officer will spend in federal prison for the shooting.

At one point, the judge asked Humphrey, "It's not your opinion this was a righteous shooting?"

Walter Humphries testified Wednesday that former North Charleston officer Michael Slager followed proper protocols in his encounter with Walter Scott during and after a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, a forensic witness testifying for the defense told the court that Slager fought the unarmed suspect on the ground and warned, "Let go of the Taser before I shoot you".

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The testimony of Grant Fredericks, a forensic video expert, came on the day the prosecution rested its case.

The sentencing hearing could last several days.

Slager's attorneys have painted him as a dedicated and professional former law enforcement officer who'd never exhibited a tinge of racism. The judge will impose the sentence. Earlier Wednesday, Scott's youngest son asked a judge to sentence Slager to life, although federal officials have recommended 10 to almost 13 years. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced by a judge, perhaps as soon as this week. "He grabbed my Taser", Slager is heard telling dispatchers.

The witness told the court he could hear Slager tell Scott, "Let go of the Taser before I shoot you". The defense attorneys also say Slager was a good officer thrown into a high-stress, rapidly unfolding, life-or-death situation that caused him to shoot Scott. "Nothing in his background from birth to today shows signs of any racial bias".

Feidin Santana - the man whose cell phone recording captured Slager firing eight times, striking Scott five times in the back - had a different take, saying he was in shock after what he saw that day.

Savage says Slager has accepted responsibility for his actions, and there is no question what Slager did was a criminal violation and excessive force was used in the incident. When Slager goes back to his patrol auto, Scott opens the door and runs. Moments later, Scott ran away.

Slager's attorney Andy Savage said Scott was partly responsible because he grabbed Slager's taser and tried to use it on the ex-cop. The audio is muffled, but the officer can be heard yelling at Scott to get down on the ground. Slager opened fire as Scott ran away for the final time.

Slager, swiftly fired from the department, no longer faces the state murder charge.

He argued that even at 18 feet away, Scott posed a threat and could have turned around and charged him.

A white former police officer who shot an unarmed Black man to death in the back as he fled a traffic stop never had any "racial animus" toward minorities in the community, his attorney said Monday. "I knew I was in trouble", Slager said.

Slager's state murder trial ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

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