Is this the “new normal”? A white police officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, of North Charleston, S.C., has been charged with murder on Tuesday after the release of a video, posted below, which shows him shooting repeatedly (7 or 8 shots were fired) in the back of an apparently unarmed black man, Walter L. Scott, 50, as he was running away.
Scott, who died of his wounds, had been stopped for a traffic violation as he was driving a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight…
I recently heard someone state that if you get arrested or intercepted by law enforcement officials in the United States these days, your absolute and only priority is to stay alive – apparently, Walter Scott was not aware of this “new normal”, a new normal which aims at creating a “United State of Fear”.
And evidently, Walter Scott has not been the only one to make that fatal mistake in recent times – according to the New York Times, this shooting comes on the heels of several high-profile instances of police officers using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.
You can read a full account in the New York Times, “South Carolina Officer Is Charged With Murder of Walter Scott“.
Warning: This is a very disturbing video – watch with extreme caution, and keep children away. The video was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the lawyer of Mr Scott’s family.