Over Easy: Police officer killing Walter Scott captured on video
Good morning everyone. I’ll be hosting OE today as we continue waiting for the jury to reach a verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing trial. The video above is the basis for today’s post. It’s a cell phone video taken by a citizen who fortuitously witnessed and simultaneously recorded Officer Mike Slager shoot Walter Scott in the back as Scott attempted to get away from him. Slager squeezed off 8 shots. He has been charged with murder and probably will have an initial appearance in court today.
Rather than provide more description, I’m recommending readers watch the video, which is only a little over 3 minutes long, and pay attention to what Slager does after the shooting. He appears to reach down and pick up something that he then carries with him as he walks toward Scott’s body. After handcuffing Scott, he returns to where he was standing when he fired the shots and appears to pick up something else. Then he returns to the body.
More than anything else, I’m struck by how casual he is.
Finally, we the people need to repeal laws in various states that have criminalized videotaping police. I believe Maryland and Illinois are two of those states. Apparently, South Carolina where this shooting took place does not have such a law.