Upcoming Trial of South Carolina Ex-Cop Who Killed Walter Scott
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It has been more than a year since an innocent bystander came forward with visual/audio evidence depicting a white officer drawing his weapon and proceeding to fire 8 shots at an unarmed black man who was running away. The pursuit began after the officer pulled Scott over for having a broken taillight, and Scott exited his vehicle and ran away once the officer was back to his vehicle after their initial contact. Since then a lot of speculation has occurred on both sides of the fence, but one thing is for certain: not many could bear another hashtag among the already fueling #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The former South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, 34, made claims that Scott, 50, had tried to reach for his taser, and he felt that he was in danger and had a need to retaliate with excessive force. Yet, the “grainy cell-phone video” has shown that although they had a brief moment of contact, Scott ultimately was running away from the Ex-Cop during the incident that occurred April 4, 2015.
Overall, black people as a whole have been extremely frustrated with the conduct and civility of police officials and quite frankly authorities in general; those who have sworn to protect and serve them. After Walter Scott’s killing, protests sparked nationwide as people banned together in hopes that their voices would be heard, and that enough had been enough. Even STILL we’ve had cases like Terrance Crutcher’s and Alton Sterling’s and Philando Castile’s and so on and so forth that have fostered the pain associated with, “being murdered for being black in public.”
But, was this the case for Slager? His attorney, Andy Savage, has come forward with statements assuring that the public will be surprised to know where Scott was actually shot once all of the evidence appears during his client’s trial set for this upcoming Monday in Charleston. Savage also believes that Scott should not be portrayed as a victim in this instance.
“I don’t think Scott can wear a badge of victim.”
-Andy Savage, Defense Attorney of Michael Slager
Slager was indicted on federal charges earlier this year including: “violating civil rights, obstruction of justice, and using a firearm while committing an act of violence.”