Walter Scott (1964?-2015) was a 50-year-old unarmed Black American man and father of four who was shot dead by a White police officer during a traffic stop. That was on April 4th 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The killer cop was Michael T. Slager.
Officer Slager said that on Saturday April 4th he stopped Scott for a broken tail light on the Mercedes Benz he was driving. At some point during the stop, Scott took the officer’s taser gun. Officer Slager, in fear for his life, shot Scott. He then gave Scott CPR to try to save him.
Scott’s brother Anthony arrived at the scene. The police would not tell him why they killed his brother. Anthony Scott:
“This just doesn’t sound right. How do you lose your life at a traffic stop?”
Part of the traffic stop was caught on video by Feidin Santana on his phone. He was walking to work at the time.
The video shows Scott running away and Officer Slager shooting eight times at his back. Scott falls. Instead of giving CPR, Slager handcuffs him.
Officer Slager then goes to get a black object and drops it on the ground next to Scott. He does it like he has done it before. It is presumably the taser gun, dropped next to Scott to create “evidence” to support his lie, his lie to get away with murder.
Santana overcame his fears and gave the video to Scott’s family. Their lawyer gave it to the press.
And then, amazingly:
- Officer Slager was charged with murder – no grand jury necessary!
- Officer Slager was arrested – no protests necessary!
- Officer Slager was fired – no paid leave!
- The state took over the investigation – the police department was not trusted to investigate itself!
- The police chief was “sickened” by the video.
In short, the Normal Human Reactions that seem so strangely lacking in White people when an unarmed Black person is killed by the police (and yet they will go nuts over a Paula Deen or a Don Sterling for saying racist stuff).
Scott did have a warrant for his arrest. He was way behind on child support payments. But I doubt that is an offence punishable by death in the state of South Carolina.
North Charleston is about 47% Black and 37% White – yet the police force is about 80% White. No doubt because North Charleston only hires the “best” people.
There were two known complaints against Slager in the past. In September 2013 he tasered someone and slammed them to the ground for no good reason. The police department “exonerated” him of that complaint.
If found guilty of murder, Slager could get 30 years to life in prison. But that is a big if. After all, there was damning video in the cases of Eric Garner and Rodney King, and yet the police walked free. Phantom Caucasian Justice.
Just so you know: Over the past five years in South Carolina, police have shot 209 people. Not a single police officer was convicted of a crime.
– Abagond, 2015.
Update (April 13th): The Associated Press says there was no warrant for Scott’s arrest. NBC says there was.
Update (December 7th 2016): The trial ended in a hung jury. Eleven White jurors and one Black juror voted to find Tensing guilty of at least manslaughter, but, after four days, they were not able to persuade the remaining White juror, who said, “I cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict,” – despite the video that shows Officer Slager shooting Scott in the back five times while he runs away!
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