New Developments In Scott Shooting

By now, most have viewed the video of Walter Scott being shot in the back by South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager. The video looks very damning for the officer. His behavior certainly needs investigating and, if proven his actions were unwarranted, he needs to be held accountable. However, as with most of these videos, there is probably much more to the story than what you see on video.

For one thing, a closer examination of the video shows what looks like taser lead wires from Slager's chest to Scott (image from The Last Refuge):

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Slager is holding his service weapon, not the taser in this still. The "wire" (if that's what it is) goes from Scott's leg area to Slager's upper chest. In other frames from the video, we can see Scott dragging an object as he runs (images from The Last Refuge):

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Judging from these still frames, it is possible Scott did take Officer Slager's taser and used it against him. I'm not suggesting that, alone, justifies deadly force by the officer. But for certain, in my mind, it does suggest there is much more to this story than we have seen so far.

Also keep in mind, this struggle did not start where the video starts. There was a long chase and, possible, other physical encounters along the way. This map illustrates the distance between the place Scott was pulled over to where the witness video begins and ends (image from The Last Refuge):

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The Last Refuge has much more on these developments.

Cross-posted at Gateway Pundit

Below the fold, a video that synchronizes the audio with both, the witness video and the dashcam video released by investigators.

Posted by: DMartyr at 11:09 AM

Comments

1 That might make 1st degree murder a hard sell don't you think.

Still be the end of the struggle he is fleeing and I believe the policeman did see the taser trigger on the ground. He looks right at it.

If I were a juror the most serious charge I could convict on taking this into account and that the suspect was feeling is manslaughter.

Posted by: Tony Montana Political Refugee From Cuba at April 13, 2015 11:16 AM

2 Raycist, We Much!

Posted by: Al Sharpton at April 13, 2015 11:20 AM

3 Under the fleeing felon doctrine, an officer may use, if necessary, deadly force to prevent the escape of someone the officer reasonably believes is a danger.

While Scott was most likely not a danger given his history, his behavior during the stop might suggest he was running to avoid capture for a more serious crime.

I suppose a verdict would depend on whether or not the defense can convince a jury that Slager had a reasonable belief Scott was a dangerous person. The fact Scott did fight the officer to the point of taking the officer's weapon (the taser) and using it against him might be enough to enforce that belief.

Posted by: DMartyr at April 13, 2015 11:29 AM

4 Agreed but the officer did not say he appeared to be a danger to others. He said himself.

I could buy as a defense that in the heat of the chase a mistake was made. I could even let the first few shots go.

But the last two? I'm not sure.

The worse thing was the unsting in OK. Not that the one officer made an error and killed the guy. Its pretty clear its manslaughter involuntary....

But the other cops lack of concern and "fuck your breath" .

I'd fire those fucks.

Posted by: Tony Montana Political Refugee From Cuba at April 13, 2015 11:39 AM

5 thank you for this- D Martyr-I smelled a rat ASA this video came out- and- let's not get started w/ the MSM 's instant summations!!
C-CS.

Posted by: C-CS at April 13, 2015 12:27 PM

6 Once again a pointless loss of life and the ruination of the cops life.... if the victim had just "manned up" and cooperated from the get go instead of running and or fighting with cops.

Posted by: EffU at April 13, 2015 01:56 PM

7 @EffU. Well at some point after a cops job is basically ruining people's lives. Enforcing that states will on folks by ruining their lives.

Some deserve it.

But he needs to stand to some standards if he's going to wield that power.

Like maybe not saying "Fuck your breath!" to a dying man with four people on his head is a bit much maybe. Maybe shots 3 through 5 are a little bit over the top here.

I feel for the old guy who just made the mistake. The other asshole(s)not so much.

But that's just me.

Posted by: Tony Montana Political Refugee From Cuba at April 13, 2015 08:55 PM

8 It appears the only thing in imminent danger from Scott would have been a box of donuts.

Posted by: bigcurefan at April 14, 2015 12:21 AM

9 There is another one from Tulsa.
Mistook his pistol for a taser and killed the man.

The equivalent of the library security guard with a gun.

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, 73, Turns Himself in at Tulsa Jail for Alleged Manslaughter
Apr 14, 2015, 11:44 AM ET

Posted by: Phil at April 14, 2015 02:08 PM






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