Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ isn’t feeling any pity or sorrow toward ex-cop Michael Slager. The hip-hop artist has reacted to the former South Carolina police officer landing over 20 years behind bars for murdering unarmed man Walter Scott.
Joey went to Instagram this week to share some real af thoughts about Slager’s sentence.
Yesterday, reports went viral of Slager avoiding a life sentence but receiving 20-plus years for killing Scott.
Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case ruled that the shooting had been a murder. The sentence was pronounced in Federal District Court in Charleston about seven months after Mr. Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot and killed him in April 2015. It concluded one of the few cases in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting. (New York Times)
Despite initially claiming self-defense, witness footage ultimately proved Slager killed an unarmed Scott with gunshots in his back.
Michael Slager was charged in South Carolina with murder and pleaded not guilty. During the state murder trial, Michael Slager’s attorney said his client shot Walter Scott because he was in fear for his life. In 2016, the case ended in a mistrial. The state retrial and federal trial were expected to take place this year, but instead, in May Michael Slager pleaded guilty to violating Walter 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. (ABC News)
Yesterday, South Carolina native and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God had weighed-in on the sentence.