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>> 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.
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A passer-by recorded video showing Scott running away and Slager shooting at him eight times.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.