It’s been a long time coming, but Jimmie Lee Jackson is finally being vindicated in court.
A former Alabama state trooper took a plea deal in the 1965 slaying of a black man.
The killing prompted the “Bloody Sunday” march at Selma, and helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
AP correspondent Kendall Weaver reports on the incident.
James Fowler was indicted for murder more than 40 years after the fatal shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter and was
sentenced to six months in jail.
Witnesses say the victim was trying to protect his mother and grandfather, who had been clubbed to the floor in a cafe in Marion after a protest march.
Fowler has said he fired in self-defense when Jackson went for the trooper’s gun.
He has offered an apology to Jackson’s family, saying that he was trying to save lives that night, not take lives. He also wishes that he could redo it.
The slain man’s daughter says, “This is supposed to be closure, but there will never be closure.”