South Carolina Police Officer Sentenced For Shooting An Unarmed Black Man

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: A federal court in South Carolina has sentenced a former police officer to 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed black man. Michael Slager, who is white, shot Walter Scott from behind as Scott was running away from a traffic stop in 2015. A bystander recorded it all on his cellphone. South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hansen was at the sentencing and is with us now from Charleston. Hi. VICTORIA HANSEN, BYLINE: Hi there. MCEVERS: Hi. So it's really rare for police officers in these cases to even be prosecuted - right? - for shootings that happened while they were on duty. So just give us some background. How did we get here? HANSEN: Yeah, sure. So exactly a year ago this week,...

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