A South Carolina police officer fatally shot an unarmed man eight times in the back. The officer claimed the man had violently accosted him and struggled to seize his electric taser; however, leaked video evidence reveals a much different story:
The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.The good news is that this lying, violent thug of a cop was charged with murder rather than given the usual slap on the wrist of “administrative leave”, as is far too often the case with incidents such as these. The bad news, of course, is that this crap happened in the first place.
Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.
But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.
Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men and Officer Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing. He falls after the last of eight shots.
The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.
Seriously, was there no other way to apprehend a fleeing unarmed suspect other than shooting him eight times in the back? Eight frigging times? Was chasing after him and tackling him to the ground out of the question?
And then the pig had the impudence, the audacity, the unmitigated gall to plant evidence on the guy in order to weasel his way out of this situation and cover his ass.
And to think all of this happened over a broken taillight. A freaking taillight! A man was shot dead over a frigging taillight.
Seriously, just fuck the police. Fuck them in the neck. You can’t claim that these people are a few bad apples when it seems like every single freaking apple in the bunch is rotten to the core. Seriously, just freak them.