South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was captured on video taken by a bystander while shooting an unarmed black man in the back over the weekend. The shooter then appeared to drop something next to the body of Walter Scott, the victim of a post-traffic stop altercation during which a Taser was used. The video was sent to the New York Times and then went viral. The authorities, based on the evidence charged Slager with murder and then fired him. In other words, they did the right thing. While there will be the inevitable motivated parties trying to use this obvious cold-blooded killing as fuel for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and invoke comparisons to the offensive and distasteful martyred thug Michael “Gentle Giant” Brown they will only be exploiting a tragedy. But that is what vultures do, feed off of corpses.
Reuters is reporting that “South Carolina officer dismissed after shooting man in back”:
A white South Carolina police officer has been fired after being charged with murder for shooting a black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained on Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness.
The shooting occurred on Saturday in North Charleston, a town of about 100,000 people, nearly half of whom are black, but it gained national media attention on Tuesday when the video became public.
The shooting was the latest in a series of deaths during police encounters in the United States that have led protesters to decry racism and police brutality.
North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said at a news conference that he did not know whether officers performed CPR on the victim, 50-year-old Walter Scott, who ran away after being stopped by police for a broken brake light on his vehicle.
The video shows a brief scuffle between Scott and police officer Michael Slager, 33, before Scott runs. Slager is then seen taking aim with a handgun before shooting eight times at Scott’s back.
With Scott slumped facedown on grass, Slager is seen placing him in handcuffs and then walking back to a spot near where he opened fire. The video then shows him appearing to pick something up, return to Scott, and drop it next to him.
It is a damning video, so much so that Slager’s attorney reportedly dumped him after it was released. The locals took the correct actions in firing Mr. Slager who has brought dishonor upon those millions of American law enforcement professionals who do an extremely difficult, dangerous and thankless job on a daily basis. It is a tragedy when such a blatant and stupid act occurs. This is true for the family of the victim as well as for the nation’s police who will once again be lambasted by opportunists and charlatans the likes of Al Sharpton and his travelling freak show.
But make no mistake despite how the desperately that those who stand to benefit will try to spin this act of violence – it is not Ferguson and Walter Scott is not Michael Brown.