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By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - To the white police officer and the judge, the shooting two years ago of a black driver after a chase was a split-second case of bad judgment not deserving of prison time.

To some African-Americans in South Carolina, the decision not to send former North Augusta police Officer Justin Craven to prison for killing 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite in his driveway is an example of a judicial system that does not protect them from officers who go too far.

Craven shot Satterwhite in February 2014 after a 13-minute chase that started with an attempted drunken driving stop.

State Rep. Joe Neal calls the shooting a murder and says the judge and prosecutors helped Craven get away with just a slap on the wrist.

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