The white North Charleston, South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African-American Coast Guard vet in April 2015 was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Dec. 7, the New York Times reports.
In 1775, the Second Continental Congress wrote 69 Articles of War that established standards of conduct for Continental Army officers and soldiers. Over time, these articles evolved into the Uniform Code of Military Justice — the laws our service members must follow today.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Owen Kimbrel
If you haven't heard of Philando Castile yet, you will. He was a 32-year-old cafeteria worker with no criminal record who was shot at least four times by a policer officer during a routine traffic stop on July 6 for a broken taillight. Immediately after the shooting his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, aka Lavish Reynolds, started streaming the incident using the Facebook Live feature.