>> An ex-cop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in jail for the killing of an unarmed African-American. The case marks a rare instance of a US police officer facing stiff punishment for the death of a person of color. North Charleston police officer Michael Slager stopped Walter Scott in April 2015 for a broken tail light.
A passer-by recorded video showing Scott running away and Slager shooting at him eight times.
ager was fired, arrested, and local prosecutors charged him with murder. Testifying in his own defense, Slager said he feared for his life in the encounter.>> My eyes, I don't know what's going on.
And I'm trying to get away, I'm trying to get away.>> The state jury deadlocked over the question of whether Slager committed murder. The judge declared a mistrial. But federal prosecutors charged Slager with violating Scott's civil rights. Slager pleaded guilty to those charges in April. On Thursday, a federal judge said he considered the killing murder and pronounced a sentence of 20 years.
>> We made history, getting justice.>> After the sentencing, members of the Scott family said they believed justice was served, but said the United States still has a long way to go.>> My heart goes out to all the families that didn't get justice. And there's still a lot of work to be done.