TO PERSECUTE AND SLAUGHTER: THE MURDER OF WALTER SCOTT BY PATROLMAN 1ST CLASS MICHAEL THOMAS SLAGER
This case, in North Charleston, South Carolina is not the Trayvon Martin case. It is not the Eric Garner case. Nor is it the Michael Brown case. This is plain and simple a case of a law enforcement officer who is the beneficiary of the need for a certain segment of white America to elevate people with government jobs to the status of deities. White conservatives do the same thing with the military which is comprised of citizens nothing more nothing less. To take the job of a police officer is an honorable profession, but all too often police officers act in dishonorable ways. This is the case when Patrolman 1st Class Michael Thomas Slager fired 8 rounds from his pistol at the back of a fleeing Walter Scott.
Conservative bloggers who have nostalgic wishes of an America where such crimes would have been celebrated in the press have been relatively silent about this murder. There is no smoking gun here; Scott was not a felon, he didn’t try to get the gun from the officer. The stolen taser story related in the police report is made a lie by the video.
I wonder as Robin Naismith Green did about the white woman who fired randomly at vehicles in Chattanooga and was cornered by the police or the affluent young white woman who injured people with her car and damaged other cars and then violently resisted arrest. Why aren’t these people dead if the universal standard of being violent in public is to be killed by law enforcement? The answer in both of those cases are they were white and Garner, Martin, Rice, Brown and Scott were all black.
Maybe police departments should screen their candidate pool for people who do not easily become fearful. Or better, maybe they should screen them for people who feel white lives matter and the lives of people of color do not. The FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are investigating the case in North Charleston. I do not know if Slager is a bigot or a racist but I do know he has a disregard for adult Human Life and because of that he should be tried for and found guilty of murder.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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