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

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A bystander caught the shooting on video. Scott initially ran from Slager, who tried to use a Taser on him before the pair struggled on the ground. At the end of it, a judge will decide whether he thinks the civil rights violation was voluntary manslaughter or murder. "I would like (for you) to sentence the defendant to the strongest sentence the law will allow because he murdered my one and only father", Scott said. "This is a concerted, deliberate effort to obstruct justice and to cover up for his unjustified shooting".

In court on Thursday, members of Scott's family offered forgiveness to Slager but said their pain had not diminished.

On April 4, 2015, Slager stopped the auto Scott was driving in North Charleston for a broken rear brake light.

Walter Scott in his Coast Guard days.

The state retrial and federal trial were expected to take place this year, but instead, in May Slager pleaded guilty to violating Scott's civil rights in federal court, ending the federal case against him and also resolving the state charges that were pending after the mistrial. In late 2016, when Slager was tried on state murder charges, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Feidin Santana testified that he never saw Scott grab Slager's stun gun or charge at the officer.

The attorney portrayed Slager as calm, calculated officer who hadn't killed Scott in a moment of passion but did so intentionally - a hallmark of murder, not manslaughter.

Scott's mother has said she forgives the officer. Slager testified during his state trial that he shot Scott in self-defense because he felt threatened when the man grabbed his stun gun. Slager chased him for 200 yards and, then, the two men scuffled.

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At this week's hearing, attorneys for Slager and the state called expert witnesses to the stand to bolster rival interpretations of the video and audio, which included some dash-cam footage from Slager's vehicle.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she had interacted with federal prosecutors but couldn't recall specific contacts and hadn't planned prosecutorial decisions with them. "Michael, I forgive you, and Michael, I do pray for you now and for your family, because we've gone through a traumatic time", he said.

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.

The defense team believes that evidence bolsters Slager's self-defense claim.

Walter Scott's brother, Rodney Scott, today in court called the death of his brother the worst day of his life.

"It was so surreal this happened that morning", Judy said as she recounted listening to her son on the phone while he was running from Slager.

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