Walter Scott. You've probably already heard. I should have posted about him sooner but the repetition of the story depresses me and I tend to be avoidant, but I'm white so I need to push through that because I can only imagine (and not really, though) how depressing it would be if I were black.
I watched the video. It could not be more clear. Walter Scott begins to run away from the officer as he draws his gun. As Scott is running away, the cop shoots directly at him several times until Scott falls to the ground. The cop then goes over, handcuffs Scott's unmoving body, then walks away, and comes back to Scott's body and clearly drops an item which looks to be the exact size and shape and color of the taser that the cop said Scott stole from him, causing the officer to "fear for his life."
I would not have been surprised if, even with the video clearly showing Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, white man, murdering Walter Scott, black man, the cop was not even charged with anything. However, thanks to the bravery of the individual who shot the footage, Slager has actually been charged with murder.
And already there are online funding campaigns up to support the murderer. Though GoFundMe rejected a campaign to raise money for Slager, IndieGoGo did not. Apparently there's no limit to what a white person can do to clearly murder a black man to prevent racists from sending him money.
Unfortunately, Slager is still super unlikely to be convicted because it's so hard to convict a cop of anything. But we can hope, and we can take to the streets if Scott doesn't get justice.
I'm really afraid for the individual who videoed the murder, though, because of this article about how they jailed the man who shot video of Eric Garner being murdered and now it appears that they are seriously trying to fucking kill him, oh my god.
Man Imprisoned After Filming Eric Garner’s Death, Refusing to Eat, Rat Poison Found in Jail Food
It was reported by the New York Post last month that 19 different inmates were denied medical testing after bluish green pellets were found in their food. The prison admitted that these pellets were rat poison, but failed to give the inmates medical attention, and failed to offer any kind of explanation as to why the prison’s food was tainted with rat poison.
This is your U.S. justice system, people.