As hard as it is for prosecutors to win a conviction or an admission of guilt, it’s even harder to persuade a judge or jury to give an officer significant prison time.
For the nine officers convicted in state prosecutions, sentences ranged from six months to seven years, The Post analysis shows. One of the other cases, the shooting death of the 92-year-old woman in Atlanta, was taken up by federal prosecutors, who added civil rights violations to manslaughter charges and won stiffer sentences, ultimately sending the two convicted officers to prison for six and 10 years.
Six of the officers who faced state prosecutions were convicted after going to trial. On average, they got 3 1/2 years.
—Kimberly Kindy and Kimbriell Kelly
Thousands Dead, Few Prosecuted