EX-OFFICER GETS 14 YEARS FOR KILLING UNARMED BLACK MAN

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A white former Alabama police officer who killed an unarmed black man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Former Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith was sentenced Wednesday. A jury in November found Smith guilty of manslaughter for the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn.

Smith shot and killed Gunn after he fled from a stop-and-frisk.

The defense maintained that Smith fired in self-defense because Gunn was grabbing a painter’s pole from a porch, but prosecutors said Gunn was never a threat.

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1/29/2020 2:45:09 PM (GMT -6:00)

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