Ex-officer gets 14 years for killing unarmed black man

Jan 30, 2020

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.