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Revisiting a Civil Rights-Era Shooting

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Revisiting a Civil Rights-Era Shooting

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Revisiting a Civil Rights-Era Shooting

Revisiting a Civil Rights-Era Shooting

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The death of a young black man named Jimmy Lee Jackson at the hands of a state trooper sparked a pivotal march 40 years ago in Alabama. Civil rights activists tried to walk from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery, but law enforcement officers attacked them. Shocking footage of the attack helped boost support for the civil rights movement. Recently, our commentator tracked down the trooper who shot Jackson.