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US cop jailed for 20 years in fatal shooting of black man


Charleston: A white former US police officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorist. The death of Walter Scott in April 2015 was one of the most shocking in a series of high-profile US police shootings, often involving minorities, that have deepened tensions and added to distrust between officers and the communities they serve. Michael Slager, who worked for the North Charleston police department, was charged with murder in state courts, proceedings that ended in a mistrial last year. But in May, he pleaded guilty to one federal charge of depriving Scott of his civil rights by using excessive force while carrying out his duties. (AFP)

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