Walter Scott received five deadly shots in the back from Officer Michael Slager as Scott ran away from him after a traffic stop. After Mr. Scott lay dead, face down, Officer Slager tossed his taser at Mr. Scott’s side, bent down and handcuffed him. Unaware he was being filmed, Officer Slager said he shot Mr. Scott because Scott threatened him with his own taser and he feared for his life.
Watch the video. See for yourself.
The jury was allowed to convict on several charges from murder to manslaughter. Yet…
The judge in the South Carolina case was forced to declare a mistrial because the jury, which consisted of one black male, six white men and five white women, could not reach a consensus. One juror, in a note to the judge, said he couldn’t vote for a conviction and wouldn’t change his mind.
Is there any wonder why Black Lives Matter exists? The evidence is clearly there. The mayor and police chief said Officer Slager lied; he was wrong. Does it matter why Mr. Scott ran? Was he a threat to Officer Slager? Did he deserve to die?
At some point we must admit just how cheap Black lives are. At some point, we must stand up and declare the need for equal justice for all.
Thankfully, the prosecutor will try Officer Slager again. Thankfully, she will not let the family of Walter Scott down. Will we?