Before the video emerged, there was a standard story in the media about the shooting of Walter Scott.
Police in a matter of hours declared the occurrence at the corner of Remount and Craig roads a traffic stop gone wrong, alleging the dead man fought with an officer over his Taser before deadly force was employed.
How many “traffic stops gone wrong” have there been? It seems to me that every traffic stop for speeding, broken tail lights, or unfastened seat belt that ends in a hail of gunfire should be regarded as a crime by the person with the gun, even if it is a police officer. A badge shouldn’t be a license to kill.
The story does have some worthwhile information to add about the victim, though.
Friends and family members said they believed Scott was on Remount Road on Saturday morning to buy parts for the Mercedes he recently purchased.
They described him as an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He loved to dance and sing, his loved ones said, and proposed last week to his longtime girlfriend.
They speculated about whether a set of rims he had installed on the car subjected him to profiling and struggled to find any explanation why he would have run from police.
“That doesn’t sound like Walter,” said family friend Nicole King. “I don’t understand. These police keep shooting people, but nobody’s got a gun. It just doesn’t make any sense. I don’t care what anyone says. Walter was a good man. No one can take that away.”
There’s your explanation for the broken tail light. Imagine being stopped for running basic chores in your life. Imagine that the cop stopping you has already decided your life is worth less than the price of a possible ticket. Imagine realizing that your life is in the hands of an armed psychopath, and running away. Imagine being gunned down because a cop thinks it’s important to not let you get away with having a broken tail light.
I can’t imagine living like that.
An Atlanta-based group calling themselves "Culture Fight" quietly removed an online campaign they posted Tuesday that they called the "Michael T Slager Defense Fund," which they claimed in Twitter posts would "put Al and Jesse in their place." The campaign had been online for less than two hours before it was withdrawn. The group claimed in another tweet that it was shut down because of "too much hate from the black comm," insisting they only wised "fair and competent’ representation for Slager.
At least two other groups had posted GoFundMe pages soliciting funds for a legal defense for Slager by late Tuesday night.
America is a racist nation.