Walter Scott's killer pleaded guilty in South Carolina around the same time the feds decided not to press charges over Alton Sterling's death in Louisiana.
Michael Slager pleaded guilty to using excessive force Tuesday, despite escaping conviction in state court last December.
Reformers and experts point to the makeup of the jury and a history of police escaping accountability in America.
Despite video evidence clearly showing the 50-year-old black man was shot and killed while fleeing, a mostly white jury couldn't agree to convict the white former cop who did the deed.
Michael Slager was caught on video shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott as he fled. Here's what the ex-cop's lawyers are doing to try to spare him serious prison time.
The payout for the death of the unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer was the largest pre-lawsuit settlement in the history of South Carolina and one of the largest in the United States, the family's lawyer said.
Michael Slager faces 30 years to life for the April 4 shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who fled after Slager pulled him over for a broken tail light.