Is This The “New Normal”? South Carolina Police Shooting


For several minutes after the shooting, Walter Scott remained face down with his hands cuffed behind his back.

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.


About Henri Thibodeau

Freelance writer and translator based in Quebec, Canada.
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3 Responses to Is This The “New Normal”? South Carolina Police Shooting

  1. thetruthisstrangerthanfiction says:

    It is truly disturbing how quickly this IS becoming the norm. The militarization of the police in America has involved not only the re-commissioning of military hardware from the middle East to civilian areas, but it does also seem that there has been a dramatic difference in the way that police officers are being trained, and this is something that currently I am very interested in researching in more depth, particularly when I’ve now seen from several sources reports that in fact many police departments are being trained by Israeli military in how to do crowd control, etc., which is insane…


    • And there is also the new trend of “asset confiscations” on suspicions of terrorism, which I will write about when I find the time. And “Operation Choke-Point” to cut off some targeted business from banking – see more about this on and one of my previous posts. And military exercises on American soil. Etc.

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      • thetruthisstrangerthanfiction says:

        Indeed. (honestly I think “asset confiscation” has already been a long-standing practice with law-enforcement when it’s been in the context of the “war on drugs” etc., but now they’re basically just taking it to a broader level with more public awareness etc.)


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