By now, you've probably read Charlie LeDuff's stellar article in the November/December issue of Mother Jones about Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the seven-year-old shot by Detroit SWAT officers in her home during the filming of an A&E reality TV show. You've probably even heard of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old black man fatally shot in the back by Bay Area Rapid Transit cop Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Eve, an incident which was also caught on video. On November 5, Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter. After credit for time served, he will spend a little less than a year behind bars. That's almost four years less than the Virginia man who was convicted in August of fatally shooting a dog on purpose.
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