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):
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
Posted by: Al Sharpton at April 13, 2015 11:20 AM
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
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
Posted by: C-CS at April 13, 2015 12:27 PM
Posted by: EffU at April 13, 2015 01:56 PM
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
Posted by: bigcurefan at April 14, 2015 12:21 AM
Mistook his pistol for a taser and killed the man.
The equivalent of the library security guard with a gun.
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Posted by: Phil at April 14, 2015 02:08 PM
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