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Police officer who killed black man jailed for 20 years

GRIEVING: Walter Scott's mother Judy

FORMER POLICE officer Michael Slager has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting dead Walter Scott,, an unarmed black man in South Carolina.

Slager, who is white, was caught on a witness’ mobile camera chasing Mr Scott after a 2015 traffic stop and then shooting him in the back as he was running away.

That video footage taken by Feiden Santana proved crucial to the case.

Slager’s first state trial had ended in a deadlocked jury and mistrial last year. In May, he pleaded guilty to using excessive force and violating Mr Scott’s federal civil rights.

VIDEO EVIDENCE: Mobile phone footage captured former policeman Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott

His plea resolved the pending state charges and ended the federal case against him.

US District Court Judge David Norton ruled the death was second-degree murder. He also found Slager guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators.

Slager had pulled over Mr Scott, the father of four, for a broken rear light in April 2015.

Though Mr Scott’s brother Rodney said afterwards at a news conference that the family was "thankful...the justice system that worked on our behalf”, he said they feel "a lot of work" is still left to be done regarding relations between the police and minorities in the US.

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