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A look at high-profile officer-involved shootings

 


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a black motorist shot to death by a white South Carolina police officer says justice has been done with the fired officer's guilty plea. But attorney Chris Stewart also said Tuesday that verdicts are rare in officer-involved killings.

Prosecutors are recommending that Michael Slager serve decades in prison for violating the civil rights of Walter Scott by shooting him in the back as he fled, a crime captured on cellphone video and seen worldwide. The possibility of such a stiff sentence in killings by police is even more unusual.

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