Son Asks Judge For 'Strongest Sentence Available' in Slager Hearing

Sentencing hearing for former police officer Michael Slager

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Miles Scott, Walter Scott’s son, asked Judge David Norton for the “strongest sentence allowed” when reading his victim impact statement in court on Wednesday morning.

The high schooler told Judge Norton that he “cries most of the time, because I’ll never see him [Walter Scott] again.”

On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was shot and killed by Michael Slager, who was a North Charleston Police officer at the time. 

Slager was pulling Scott over for a malfunctioning tail light, when Scott ran.

Slager told investigators that he got into a scuffle with Scott on the ground, and that Scott got his taser and was charging towards him when he shot him.

Cellphone video captured the shooting, showing 50-year-old Scott running away when the first shot was fired.

"As I get older, my dad will never see my future kids, his future grandchildren,” says Scott’s son, who got emotional in the courtroom. “He'll never see me graduate from high school or graduate from college."

This is the third day of sentencing for Michael Slager. He pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge, in the shooting death of Walter Scott.

Prosecutors and his defense have been going over the underlying basis for the federal charge, which prosecutors say is second-degree murder.

All the witnesses for the federal prosecutors and for Slager’s defense have been called.
Judge Norton could come down with a sentence by Thursday.
 

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