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North Chuck Cop Faces Murder Rap

WHITE-ON-BLACK SHOOTING CAPTURED ON VIDEO …  || By FITSNEWS || A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. has been charged with murder in the weekend shooting death of an unarmed black man … a charge which likely never would have been filed had an amateur video of the incident not…

WHITE-ON-BLACK SHOOTING CAPTURED ON VIDEO … 

|| By FITSNEWS || A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. has been charged with murder in the weekend shooting death of an unarmed black man … a charge which likely never would have been filed had an amateur video of the incident not emerged.

The officer – 33-year-old patrolman first class Michael Slager – originally claimed he shot and killed 50-year-old Walter Scott after the victim attempted to take his taser and use it against him.  In fact North Charleston police repeated this claim in an effort to justify Slager’s use of deadly force against Scott.

Slager claimed Scott’s threatening actions caused him to fear for his life, but the anonymous amateur video of the incident – obtained by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – shows the officer firing multiple rounds into Scott’s back as he fled.

There was no “foot pursuit” as police originally claimed – nor does it appear as though Scott ever had complete possession of Slager’s taser.

And while there does appear to have been a brief scuffle precipitating the shooting, the damning video clearly depicts Scott running away from Slager at the time he was shot – eight times.

Here’s the video (NSFW for graphic violence) …

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Vid: Via

Yeah …

Seems pretty clear to us we’re looking at the unnecessary use of deadly force against a suspect.  One who was being sought not for a violent crime, but rather failing to pay child support.

Additionally, rather than attempting to provide medical assistance to Scott in the aftermath of the shooting, Slager handcuffed his victim and then stood off at a distance waiting for his backup to arrive.

The handcuffing may have been protocol in the aftermath of a shooting, but officers are taught to treat wounds.

Slager didn’t do that.  In fact at one point he even appears to be dusting off his hands as he stood over Scott …

So … what happens now?

Good question … hopefully not Ferguson.  Although those hoping community (i.e. black) anger might be assuaged based on the fact Slager is now facing accountability for his actions fail to see the larger point – that absent this video emerging, there never would have been any accountability.

“Without a bystander (there) the truth would’ve never been known,” former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers told FITS.

Hard to argue that …

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211 comments

Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Somewhere buried away there is a Thurgood Marshall quote that “America is awash in police perjury,” or words pretty close.

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Pretty soon the excuses will start. “Two weeks ago that black guy was arrested for shoplifting two loaves of bread, and when he was 15 he defaced a sign.”

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There WIll Be Riots in N. Chas April 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

In the video, capture was the tail end of the struggle over the officers taser. The taser falls to the ground as the suspect starts to flee …. officer pulls out 40 cal Glock and unleashed a hail of lead – killing the man.
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Totally unjustified MURDER by cop. Sentence him to DEATH in the Electric Chair or North Charleston might be burned to the ground by black rioters. Alan Wilsons office should prosecuted this case. NOT corrupt 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlet Wilson.

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TRebel April 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm

This is voluntary homicide straight out of the book – no threat to police officer. An unarmed chubby black man running away from a cop who couldn’t be bothered to chase.
Probably driving with a suspended license or open container violation. Federal lawsuit for violation of civil right will come down. If there is any equivocating on behalf of SC’s ruling class this will spin out of control.
This is the video they need to show at USC when discussing race relationships in SC.
Absolutley disgusting

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Charleston Crimewave April 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Murder charges do not allow for bond. The killer cop will have to sit in jail until trial just like anyone else that has ever been charged with murder. Meanwhile, North Charleston PD just gave itself two major black eyes. They have also lost all trust among the citizens of the low country. They stood there before the people, looked them in the face, and willfully LIED!!!!!

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Charleston Crimewave April 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm

North Charleston is a sanctuary city for tons of illegal criminal aliens from Mexico and Central America.

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Pedro April 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

The man shot was a 50 year old African American who was – most likely involved in some BS crime or misdemeanor. A 30 year old cop – apparently unable to pursue in a foot chase guns him done – NOW THAT’S Mexico and Central America-style!

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guest April 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Pulled him for a broken tail light. He took off because he had warrants for not paying child support. You know real serious criminal stuff. Egads.

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Death penalty for everything April 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm

I’m sure his kids will appreciate the brave policeman shooting their deadbeat dad.

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Rocky April 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Note to self – 1 – Pay Child Support 2 – Dont stop in North Charleston.

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Tunes'n'News April 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Wow. It doesn’t matter what preceded the video. That’s summary execution. The person who filmed it might be lucky he wasn’t liquidated next to cover tracks.

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Holy Shit!!!! April 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm

It’s official …. Al Sharpton is coming to South Carolina low country to lead protest march. Congressman James Clyburn to join him at his side. Stay tunes, folks!! Shit is going to hit the fan in Charleston now!!!! Another Ferguson is brewing already!!!!!

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johnq April 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Good.

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The roof, the roof...... April 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I wonder if they’ll hold the vigil at the old slave market.

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TRebel April 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

The ruling class in Charleston makes one mistake, one cover up, one more lie and this will explode. Wouldn’t it be ironic to see federal troops back in Charelston?

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BaOb April 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

can’t we all just get along?

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Nip April 7, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Internet trolls are about all that is left commenting on here. Same people over and over again, using various fake names. So boring.
Sure, there are a few “real people,” but it is sad to see the fakes outnumber the reals.

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Nip Is a Fake April 7, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Yeah … you suck at being a fake.

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Nip April 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

But I aint trolling- ie, making up shit, posting under lots of fake names, and pretending.

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Nip Is a Fake April 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Stop lying, fake.

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Nip April 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I see a fat assed fag is mad. Mad troll alert/

BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Do you have schizophrenia?

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A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm

If he/she does, which I totally agree, he/she would qualify for the group rate at the nearest locked psychiatric hospital.

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guest April 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Watching on CNN a slow downed version and it looks like the cop dropped the taser next to the victim once he was down.

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cuvinny April 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Imagine if this wasn’t caught on camera, we would be hearing how the cop was just doing his job and probably a fund raiser for him. Body cameras should be required for all cops.

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Equal Rights Under the Law April 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm

True.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Body cameras should be required for all cops.

Absolutely.

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euwe max April 7, 2015 at 10:47 pm

A camera on every civilian phone.

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Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I don’t know, although it would certainly have taken longer than 72 hours. The ballistics would not have matched his story; the rounds would all enter rear side, and the position of the TASER leads would clearly show the long traverse by the dead guy (which would also kill the logic of the TASER lying directly adjacent the body. Moot point, though…thank God for the lucky video.

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Equal Rights Under The Law April 7, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Story is now going viral all across the USA. Drudge is even carrying the link to the Post and Courier. Protest marches are being organized, calls for the Chief of Police in North Chuck to resign … calls for Mayor of North Charleston to resign expected. Talk of tens of thousands being bused in to North Chuck for major protest march down Highway 52 (Rivers Avenue) in North Chuck …. this one is going to be a big protest …. could get worst than riots in St. Louis, Missouri. This video proves the poor black guy was murdered. Running from the cop or not …. Being a cop is not a license to kill like this – PERIOD! If you want to make a citizens arrest of a cop, and the cop turns and walks away – do you have the right to KILL THE COP?

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm

CNN, Google News, right at the top.

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euwe max April 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Ferguson proves you can shoot someone for running away if he stops and turns around. This one proves you can shoot someone for not stopping and turning around.

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Men with guns April 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm

I’d like to think we are “progressing”. Hopefully soon there will be no need to wait for people to run, turn around, or whatever. Just a sideways glance or improper thought should be enough justification for the blunt instruments of our government masters. It would help demonstrate how civilized we all are.

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E Norma Scok April 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

You can shoot anyone for anything.

You can also be arrested and charged with murder for doing it.

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Todd April 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Yup, looks like murder. Are cops not taught CPR? 8 shots from a Glock .40? The man was slow as shit, cop looked trim, surely he could have at least tried to chase him and call for backup, who arrived literally 30 seconds after this guy went down. Still though, it’s pretty dumb to fight a cop. The price of crime is high these days. Thus ending my stream of consciousness.

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Swift April 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Cops are usually trained to mag dump – it ensures that the target is hit by sheer number of rounds fired, and saves money since rounds aren’t expended on a range during training.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

North Charleston cops are also trained to shoot anyone who runs away from them, too. I bet there are personal videos or mp3 audios floating around whereas North Chuck officers recorded what the training officers taught, with the Chief’s blessings – of course.

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easterndumbfuckistan April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

North Charleston went from being one of the most dangerous cities in America in 2006 to not being in the top 100 in six years. NCPD must be doing something right.

2006- #20 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (InfoPlease)

2007- #7 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (InfoPlease)

2008- #10 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (InfoPlease)

2009- #22 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (City-Data)

2010- #63 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (FBI)

2011- #75 Most Dangerous, North Charleston-SC (LawStreet)

2012- *Not listed in Top 100

2013- *Not Listed.

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Police Scanner April 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

The way to do this, as it has been uncovered before being done, is not to report all violent crimes to the Dept of Justice. North Charleston and Charleston itself are two very dangerous cities, and they still are as to this day.

nitrat April 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

That’s why we have no reliable reports on officer involved shootings. All that came out after Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Local departments don’t have to compile and/or send info about the details of officer shootings to the feds.
WaPo reports this is the 11th officer shooting in SC this year. That’s 1 a week in a state of under 5 million.

Uh huh April 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

“NCPD must be doing something right.”

Certainly looks like it here.

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

TBG moved from North Charleston in 2010.

#a1mancrimewave?

easterndumbfuckistan April 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

LOL

HD April 7, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Looks pretty clear to me. I can’t imagine what the cop was thinking.

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cuvinny April 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Don’t know about during but clearly he was thinking he fucked up afterwards because it looks like he tried to plant his tazer on the body.

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HD April 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

No clue. It was so obviously unnecessary. I’ve got zero issues with the Ferguson shooting, but this is completely different. I’m glad they arrested him, as they should any cop who uses excessive force – and this surely was that.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Amazing that on one hand, the mayor of North Charleston and their chief of police are both defending the cop killing the poor man, then when the video comes out, they change their story while acting like they never defended the killer cop in the least. What a bunch of fucked of scums they are. Makes me want to puke. They should have kept their stupid incompetent fat traps shut until an investigation was complete. But nooooooooooooooooo …. they sided with the killer cop right away. Fuck them.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

FBI has tuned in to the matter.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

North Charleston officers are being trained to respond like this killer cop did.

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E Norma Scok April 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

How do you know this?

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easterndumbfuckistan April 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Looks like Mr. Scott had a fairly extensive rap-sheet out of Charleston County. Multiple counts of CDV and driving under suspension. I’m assuming his license was still suspended thus why he ran.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Yeah … and you think it justifies murder by cop, too.

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easterndumbfuckistan April 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

I beleive I pointed out a fact that’s relevant to the case. A few people asked why her ran and attempted to fight. I’m saying that might be the reason. I didn’t say anything about justification.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Doesn’t matter. You implied. Any judge worth their salt – or a jury of 12 – would take it that way.

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easterndumbfuckistan April 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

And? I’m not a judge, attorney, nor do I live in Charleston county so I’m not in the jury pool. I’m a citizen, who provided information. I believe this is still the United States of America and I believe I’m still permitted opinions. Mr. Folks is nice enough to give us all a place to share our opinions.

BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I don’t see that implication. He was explaining why the dude was trying to get away from the cop.

BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Especially as EDFS explicitly stated “…thus why he ran.”

GrandTangoIsSicko April 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Looks like he does think that.

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guest April 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

As slow as the victim was running the cop could have lassoed him to bring him down. This definitely wasn’t a young jackrabbit he was pursuing. I think the cop lost his temper, decided to end the chase and shot him.

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Did You Notice April 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Would most certainly had been an easy tackle for the officer. But then, the officers are trained to just shoot anyone who runs from them. That is plastered all over the internet, in manuals, in training videos most likely.

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E Norma Scok April 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Most likely? Is it, or isn’t it? I’d like to see some of that proof.

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GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Real easy to judge when you sit on your @$$ like FITS. ..and enjoy your security, risk free. …

Celebrate you worthless b@$ t@rd…every now and then you hang the people you hate…but no one wins no matter how gleeful this makes you…

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Have you started a defense fund for the cop yet on your blog?

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nitrat April 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

That should keep the simple son of a bitch busy for a while.

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Darrah Densmore April 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

If a better exemplar of the Dunning-Kruger effect exists, I am not aware of it. Bertrand Russell had GT and his ilk pegged nearly a hundred years ago: “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

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GrandTangoIsSicko April 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

I would not be surprised. GT does seem to get his rocks off over murder. Has anyone checked him out, taken samples of his DNA to check against unsolved rapes and murders? There is just something not right about him. A real twisted and hate filled oddball, indeed. Will is a real nice guy. But GrandTangoIsSicko has a lot of pent of hate for him.

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I think the crawlspace under his trailer needs to be excavated.

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GrandTangoIsSicko April 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

hahahahaahaaa!!

GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

However low you think the officer is…I bet you are just as low…Y ou simply will use this poor man’s corpse to feed your greed and try to score for corrupt politicians. ..

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Grand Tardo April 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm

“Real easy to judge when you sit on your @$$”

It is really easy to judge. The cop shot the man in the back several times while he was running away.

You’re truly an idiot.

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GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Go out and do the job idiot…and you may not run your mouth…

Not to mention: You’re an A-hole for attacking special needs children trying to cute…You feign compassion, yet display HATE, and you’re too ignorant to know it…

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Grand Tardo April 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

I didn’t realize you are a special needs child.

I apologize.

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Your Mama April 7, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Angry much?

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

No, rational.

Lawsuit Worth 10s of Millions April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

This story is now on every single major network across the USA . Patrolman first class Michael Slager defense to the charges, he was trained to shoot anyone resisting arrest and/or fleeing from him. Get your hands on the training manuals before changes are made to them by North Charleston PD and other SC law enforcement agencies. The federal lawsuit by this dead man’s family will settle for 50 million bucks, at the least. Do not settle the lawsuit. Take it to a jury. They could award 500 Million to the family of this man.

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Far more will be accomplished by bankrupting the city or insurance company than by having the cop serve a few years at some low-security semi-resort.

The world-wide showing of the burning of tourist-mecca Miami got results there–hit them where it hurts, the pocketbook. THEN the powers-that-be do something.

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Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

A verdict that large would be thrown out as excessive. Regardless, this guy’s family will be set for life. I’m thinking $10-20m verdict if taken to trial would be upheld.

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really April 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

looks like the max they could get might be 300K

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13878251.html

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Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

That cap is for negligent acts (so that attorney argues as would I). This intentional murder is hardly negligence.

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Federal Digest April 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Most cases where cops shoot and kill unarmed citizens settle for just under 10 million. Cities and towns do not want to go to trial because juries are famous for awarding 100s of millions. This family needs to hire a lawyer from outside the state of SC. They will get much better results and more money than with a local lawyer.

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Nappy Headed Ho's April 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm

They just hit the Ghetto Lottery jackpot.

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Native Ink April 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Just dropped by to see how many idiots are still defending this cop/

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Soft Sigh from Hell April 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Well Tango, of course.

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mamatiger92 April 8, 2015 at 8:31 am

natch

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rdj April 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Nothing to defend here …
Unimaginable, this guy was sworn to protect and serve?
Just what South Carolina needs.
Are we under attack in America now.
I’m starting to worry !

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Sam April 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm

About 70% of these post are from one internet troll.

Mr. Troll, why do you think this issue needs to be “trolled?” Everyone seems to agree the cop was wrong. What do you add besides simple-minded trollsmanship?

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Sam N Spam April 7, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Is that Nip again? Hi Nip. Still trolling are ya???

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rdj April 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Only troll I’ve seen is that fucking murdering cop

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Sheep Shooting Gallery April 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

I support this brave officer. It takes real guts to shoot a man running away from you. Too bad Dan Johnson couldn’t declare it a clean shoot before the video got out.

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Kip April 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

The troll wants trouble in the lowcountry. So, to what advantage.

2 possibilities:

1. Charleston mayor’s race. Racial trouble can bring advantage to a candidate.
2. Racial trouble may help the Union effort at Boeing.

Troll, who/what you supporting?

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A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Who is the troll? What is their name? I don’t see a name, “Troll.”

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kip April 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Most of these comments are from one person. Pushing an agenda. I happen to agree with the agenda, which is that the cop ought to be hung -after a fair trial of course.
Byt troll, what are you hoping to accomplish?

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A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Who is the troll? You?? I still do not see any name, “troll,” posted. Are you sure anonymous or some Russian hackers are not watching you over your shoulder? Maybe your system has been compromised and you are oblivious to it?

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kip April 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

troll troll troll

A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

You must be Grand Tango. Shouldn’t you be off step mom’s computer and in bed by now?

Kit April 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

troll can’t throw rocks at others. Toll lowest form of life.
Troll forgot: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.

Forensics April 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

You are a strange one. Your syntax has exposed who you are.

Kip April 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Troll this, troll that. What is the point of it?

Guest April 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

I get it. You are a corn stalker.

A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 8:53 pm

There are dozens and dozens of Youtube videos of cops shooting people in the back while they run from them. Its standard procedure that is taught to shoot and kill fleeing suspects or those fleeing while attempts to arrest them. I would think is also standard procedure taught to North Charleston police officers like most anywhere else. If you are unarmed and flee from the police, the police will murder you because of it. Most everybody knows that now. These people we hire, elected, that are appointed , that we pay to work for us, all are totally out of control, lawless, and rogue. We have to unite and remove them from power over us. If we do not, one day one of their stray bullets might hit you – your loved ones – an innocent child, whatever. It all has to be stopped. The people we trust are not trustworthy anymore. Their history proves that.

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BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Nothing more grotesque to me than a dead body, a corpse still warm, being handcuffed. It is disgusting.

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James April 7, 2015 at 9:16 pm

A little after the fact gentle genital play is not an attractive thing. Especially if billy club is used.

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BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm

What’s the salary for N. Chas. policemen? Starting salary and minimum qualifications? Anyone know?

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A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm

I think with benefits, etc, its around 40 grand a year.

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BrigidBernadette April 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

That’s pretty good pay. I’m surprised.

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Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

It’s more like $32k starting. I suspect they do get decent benefits though.

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A No Brainer April 7, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Apr 04, 2015 · POLICE OFFICER, North Charleston, … Starting salary range $41,132.00 … sick/vacation/holiday pay, tuition reimbursement plus SC Police Retirement and …

Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Salary Range: $37,164 to $52,030
http://www.scleoa.org/job-openings

Still higher than I reported.

Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Gotta arrest and convict on this one. Dood straight up murdered someone.

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shifty henry April 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

On the firing range at my most recent “citizens academy”, the Chief (who was my “handler”) explained that the trigger pressure was higher than recommended to ensure that if the officer pulled the trigger that was a deliberate act versus an accidental shot. The officer is trained to fire twice, but if the “threat” is not stopped then two more together. If the officer needs to fire more than four rounds to stop the “threat” (the term used – not a person or a thing) then he is in trouble in a bad situation.
The first pull by me (not a firearms person) surprised me with the force needed but the rest were smooth as silk. His pistol jerked on the first shot and I hit the target in the head instead of the torso. The rest of my rounds were all in the torso. This, by the way, was at a distance of 50 feet at a non-moving target which was not shooting back at me!
One woman on the range wanted to see where her shots hit, so her handler let her fire next to the target so she could see the dust kick up on the hill behind it. That’s what she sees in the movies!

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shifty henry April 7, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I did not get the impression from the video that the cop had any adrenalin pumping because he was in mortal danger.— this cop was just too deliberate in his actions. He could have caught this guy – easily. And the guy lived there, it wasn’t like he was creating havoc in Charleston and was going to leave for Florida that day.

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Jackie Chiles April 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

All this over a freaking taillight being out.

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Original Good Old Boy April 8, 2015 at 1:34 am

No shaking at all after the encounter like you would expect – unless the guy has sociopathic tendencies.

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Tazmaniac April 8, 2015 at 9:07 am

Sure doesn’t seem to be a fan of running after suspects.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Good question … hopefully not Ferguson. Although those hoping community (i.e. black) anger might be assuaged based on the fact Slager is now facing accountability for his actions fail to see the larger point – that absent this video emerging, there never would have been any accountability.

“Without a bystander (there) the truth would’ve never been known,” former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers told FITS.

No shit.

Tons of cases are solved by a single eyewitness coming forward or a single piece of evidence being found. So what?

Cop appears guilty as sin…and [SHOCKER] lied about what happened.

Looks like, in this case, the system is working.

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Working for who? April 7, 2015 at 11:06 pm

“Looks like, in this case, the system is working.”

Some might say the “system” is working if the black dude running away isn’t shot. But who am I to split hairs?

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Mike at the Beach April 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

No, humanity (or society) is “working” if people don’t get shot. The criminal justice system is for those who can’t play by the rules, like, apparently, this asshole cop.

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Working for who? April 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm

“The criminal justice system is for those who can’t play by the rules, like, apparently, this asshole cop.”

The justice system is not working by this video….

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Mike at the Beach April 7, 2015 at 11:31 pm

I disagree, but it’s a free country. Asshole apparently breaks law and shoots man in the back without justification. Law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities arrest asshole in short order. Asshole will have full access to the due process rights provided to him by our wonderful Constitution, and will likely go to jail for a very long time despite availing himself to all of those rights and protections. I think that’s what the system “working” looks like. No system can prevent every crime; there will always be evil people in this world.

Working for who? April 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm

” Asshole apparently breaks law and shoots man in the back without justification.”

Well, see that’s the thing, “Asshole” as you call him, I’ll call him “murderer”, IS part of the justice system.

Ergo…

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 1:12 am

I hear you, but you’re missing the point. It’s Criminal Justice 101 for crim majors)… cops are people, and people can be bad. The “system,” on the other hand, is the framework designed (masterfully) by our founders- due process, separation of powers, rights, protections, courts, appeals, etc. It is designed as an overarching construct, and is not simply a couple of guys wearing dark blue polyester and carrying Glocks (good or bad). This asshole was merely an instrument of the system, but was simultaneously subject to it (and is being handled by it). The system is bigger than any one cop (or crook). Don’t let angst toward cops (or this cop) color your logic here.

Working for who? April 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

“The system is bigger than any one cop (or crook). ”

Yeah, the threshold by which the system has a problem seems to be subjective…in other words, at what point in time are the “people” becoming larger than the system?

Aside from the recent spat of officer shooting unarmed suspects and taking your points:

Is “due process” working today? How about separation of powers? Are courts working? Are people’s rights being protected?

See, it’s hard to isolate this one incident and say “it’s a bad apple” in the context of the problem within the “system”(as you defined it) when there are so many similar problems reoccurring over and over again.

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Again, we’re not that far off. The system will always have problems, of that you can rest assured. This incident is, though, an exception. What most people forget is that cops engage citizens millions of times per year in the US, and an exceptionally small percentage of those interactions involve any type of force, much less deadly force. That goes for blacks, whites, and purples, but statistics aren’t sexy, and they don’t translate well for Joe Sixpack watching CNN. I get called a cop apologist on here a good bit, but I’m harder on shitty cops than just about anyone. I just use facts (not emotion) to evaluate these things, which means that most of the time I end up defending cops (because like it or not, they’re in the right the vast majority of the time). In statistics, we call these rare, anomalous incidents 5? (“five sigma”) events. In the cop business, 5? events are usually really, really shitty, so they get a lot of coverage. This North Charleston thing surely qualifies, but what it doesn’t mean is that there is some wild-ass epidemic of white cops gunning down blacks in the streets. Facts are facts.

idcydm April 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

It’s cops like this that give the good cops a bad name. He better get what he deserves.

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GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm

He SCREWED up…it’s a VERY high pressure job..and w/ the current hatred generated against police officers…he’ll get worse than what he deserves…

A lot of very low-life people will dance as this man is crucified.

While justice never catches many…it will not only catch this man..it will be administered harshly…in a time in which there is mercy for just about everyone else….

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idcydm April 7, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Sorry, I have no mercy for the offenders, they should be penalized as harshly as allowed but I do hold Law Enforcement and the Military to a higher standard.

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GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 10:45 pm

He will be…and then some…but in the heat of the moment, sometimes you react in ways that are not smart..or right…

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idcydm April 7, 2015 at 10:52 pm

As he should be and he should be held to a higher standard even in the heat of the moment.

Anshan April 8, 2015 at 6:28 am

Heat of the moment? C’mon MFer this is cold blooded murder – you see how cool he is standing next to his victim after dropping the taser ? Hear of the moment – he was gonna have him some that day … You turd

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

Funny how you only believe in HATE for the criminal in certain circumstances…
He’ll get his…but you sound like a blood-thirsty barbarian, this time. There are no winners…and you sound like a disgusting @$$-hole…

vicupstate April 8, 2015 at 8:37 am

People can do things in the heat of the moment that they wouldn’t otherwise, but that only applies to the LE officer, NOT the victim – right?!

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

This is the ONLY time the officer has done this. Did you see the runner’s rap sheet. He has a lot of HEAT of the moments before this last fatal fleeing from the law…

That said: You are now rejoicing. The officer will pay and pay dearly, because he fulfilled the fantasy you imagine in EVERY confrontation of police w/ minority criminal..

.You people defend the Ft. Hood shooter because you understand his murder….but you want the BLOOD of this policeman…the selective hate – based in your DIRTY politics – is what is so disgusting…

Hope that helps bring some clarity to your cliched and typical confusion..

Talking To A Prick April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

“This is the ONLY time the officer has done this. Did you see the runner’s rap sheet. He has a lot of HEAT of the moments before this last fatal fleeing from the law…”

Yes, it WAS the only time the cop shot someone in the back. Makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

Makes no difference…you ignorant F*#k…You’re still going to jerk-off to it w/ glee, because this FITS your agenda of race-hate, hate-hate politics…

You’re likely thrilled w/ this man’s death because you think you can now ride the Democrats to the White House on it…you disgusting B@$t*rd…

Talking To A Prick April 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

1) Where did I mention race?
2) Where did I mention politics
3) Where did I give the notion that I’m thrilled a man is dead by a policeman.
4) Where did I state I was a Democrat
5) “bastard?” Where did I state am male?

You make too many assumptions over one sentence, and that shows the world what a narrow lens you see through.

Tom April 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

New here? Logic isn’t his forte.

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm

That’s ALL that you mentioned, Dumb@$$…you’re just too F*#king stupid to realize who, and what, you are…

Old-Timer April 8, 2015 at 11:08 am

Whoa, the only time he plugged an unarmed man in the back eight times as the guy was fleeing? Hey, anyone can make one mistake . . .

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Are you so F*#king stupid you don’t think he’ll pay for it…

Where was your IGNORANT @$$ in the Knock-out game murders or the Racially motivated murders of Blacks killing innocent whites, fairly regularly now…

You ignorant F*#K…

Old-Timer April 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Have you considered decaf?

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Have you considered a brain transplant? You sound like an empty-headed dumb#$$…

TontoBubbaGoldstein April 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Mohammed Atta only flew a jet into a skyscraper one time.

Once!

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Yet you tell me Mohammed Atta was mad at the US because of George Bush…and had a good reason to kill 3,000…

You not THAT F*#king Stupid (are you) to compare a policeman freaking out and shooting a fleeing criminal…to the murder of 3,000… no need to answer..I know the answer…

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Game…set…match.

Brian Horton April 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Who is getting all this mercy, the guys getting let off of death row because of the small technicality of being innocent?

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GrandTango April 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm

WTF are you talking about Dumb@$$???

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DaHood April 8, 2015 at 6:13 am

One of your boys goin in da slammer- gonna be a bitch for a lot of guys…

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:20 am

Celebrate. Have at it…The guy brought it on himself. Just like your disgusting HATRED is brought on yourself, by you.

Mike at the Beach April 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm

He shot a man in the back in cold blood. There was no fight, no pressure, no threat, and no justification. There’s very little the American criminal justice system can dole out to him that he wouldn’t deserve. Americans can be pretty understanding (at times) in regard to cops who make tough calls in a tenth of a second, but the video would seem to prove that was not the case here. Broad daylight, suspect fleeing on foot, and a series of easy shots into his back. The apparent “plant” of the TASER (if that proves out) will be the nail in that coffin. This jackass just made it that much harder to trust law enforcement, thereby making every cop’s job a little tougher.

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Original Good Old Boy April 8, 2015 at 1:31 am

I noticed the officer was very calm after the shooting. I would have expected him to be shaking from adrenaline. But nope. Just a cold blooded fucker.

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:28 am

Since you diagnosed them…I’m SURE that’s the case…You Dumb@$$…LMAO…

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

People like you use horrible tragedies like this to show how HATEFUL you can be…to PROVE you are not a racist.
Problem is: that’s the ONLY thing, you EVER try to prove.
You go overboard, and actually prove to be the disgusting @$$-hole you’re trying to avoid being.

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Tool time with Tango April 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

You just attacked the biggest cop apologist on the site…lol….are you sure you are running US Foreign policy in the Middle East or Crimean region?

Tool time with Tango April 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

*aren’t

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

Sure you are…

Chances are, if you were the criminal and holding the gun…and thought no one would see you…you’d gun-down the cop…

You low lifes are no different from those you selectively hurl your hatred toward…

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Just when I think you can’t get any more retarded (although I should apologize to other less mentally challenged folks for the comparison). I can only assume you are defending what this cop did, so troll on little angry boy. Troll on…

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

You must be an illiterate Dumb@$$, then…

You are THE CLASSIC idiot who will use this man’s tragic death to try to show how compassionate and understanding you are to hate-filled liberals…when all you really show is how stupid, irrational, weak-minded and easily-led you are…

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 8:52 pm

My God…you’re right. How I missed it before, I don’t know. Thanks to your stunning use of rhetoric, logic, and exemplary writing skills you have clearly shown me the error of my ways. For that I thank you. I guess now I fully support cops shooting unarmed men in the back as they haplessly stagger away from because they’re hot on a Family Court paper. That position should be easy enough to defend, no? To think that almost everyone who reads your stuff thinks your a moronic, angry little troll. Strange…

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

You’re a broken and pandering cliche. You say what everybody wants to hear, in hopes of being heard…when in truth, your lockstep and sickening compliance has the opposite effect…

Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Ha! You got me AGAIN! My little blurbs on here make me SOOOOO popular. How do you do it?! You are truly amazing.

GrandTango April 9, 2015 at 6:06 am

I’m a Conservative. You’re a moderate who wants everybody to take you seriously, and see you as relevant.

Why do you care at all what my opinion of you is?

I really NEVER expect any of FITS’ almost-all leftwing to moderate posters to like anything about my ideology.

In fact, I EXPECT you to hate me, since that is your common approach to anyone not in lockstep w/ pop culture, leftwing dogma.

Mike at the Beach April 9, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Only people who spout cuckoobird stuff like you do can muster genuine “hate” for someone they don’t even know on a discussion blog. I tried hard to play nice, I even jumped on your endorsement of the concept of shooting black folks in the back. It’s hard to be your friend…

Tulip April 8, 2015 at 5:24 am

C’mon Tango admit it: you had a certain feeling of content, a political orgasm, an unexplainable internal rejoicing when this happened – that’s why he will be punished ‘harshly’.
Let it out c’mon

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

No, I’m not a racist, bigot and hater, like you.

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Tyrone April 8, 2015 at 6:16 am

You mean he screwed up because he was on camera right ? Otherwise you would be defending him all the way to an acquittal by an all white jury.

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vicupstate April 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

Yep, G.T. and his ilk will ALWAYS side with LE, against anyone else, particularly if the LE was white and the criminal/victim is black. They won’t even wait a day, much less a week for the facts to come out.

Yet they will insist they aren’t racist because they vote for Tim Scott, and insist they are ‘christian’ because they attend church.

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 8:19 am

You see EVERYTHING through the lens of race. y
YOU – and your HATE- are one of the biggest problems in the country…

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 9:41 am

Things are gettin’ better in Dixie.
Shoot, 10-15 years ago, the Patrolman wouldn’t have shot the man eight times in the back.
Naw.
He’d have pulled out his Department-Issue Noose and lynched him from the tallest tree in the park while his fellow officers used baseball bats to beat the guy trying to take the video.
Just good ole’ War of Northern Aggression values.
In Dixie.

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

Be honest…you are getting your rocks off on this poor man’s corpse…Out 100 shootings, you CLAIM this happens in every one of them…but it almost NEVER does…

But now you FINALLY got a case to jerk off to…you disgusting B@$t@*d….

Your giddiness tells us who, and what, you are…and it’s hideous…

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 9:50 am

“…you CLAIM this happens in every one of them…but it almost NEVER does…”
Yeah, it’s not like there’s any documented history of the Real Dixie White Man murdering the non-white man by the thousands in South Carolina. Probably all just talk. Todd Kincannon’s on the case; he’ll have the Real Story.
Meanwhile, back to important things: The War on Christmas, Lois Lerner, Fast and Furious, and, of course, Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The War of Northern Aggression was really all about Dixie bakers of the day not wanting to make a cake for Yankees.

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Mythology much?

NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm

No more or less than the War of Northern Aggression.

GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm

You are a typical, rambling and delusional liberal idiot…

Thanks for representing.

NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Well, your use of the word “idiot” means so much and really supports your argument, GT. Quite impressive.

Goobersmacker April 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

It must really suck to be ignorant WHITE TRASH like you.

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GrandTango April 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Why is it only political-advantage lives matter to you and the Stupid @$$holes like you…???..

You get all excited in the one murder case that you can exploit…You’re DISGUSTING…and a Bigot…

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Dude Named Ben April 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

didntdonuffin brigade is out in force tonight I see. LOL. It’s always the same didntdonuffins never do nuffin.

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You Know My Name April 7, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Win-win situation. A ne’er do well with a lengthy record permanently out of circulation. NCPD, whose hierarchy and “Crime Prevention” sections believe good citizens should not be armed gets another black eye. I wonder if they re-hired the fucktard cop who staged his own shooting a few years ago and blamed it on a(some) non-existant Black male(s). That idiot placed cops and a lot of Black citizens in unnecessary danger with his false claim and the Chief, as I seem to recall, made a comment hinting that the “officer’s” behavior did not necessarily mean he could not return to police work. Elements of NCPD with no respect for The Constitution and good citizens deserve exactly what they will get from this. I hope for the safety of any good cops they might have employed by accident.

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 7, 2015 at 10:22 pm

South Carolina White Police Officer murders non-white male.
No different than before. Save the absence of a noose and the presence of a camera.
It’s Dixie. Just yell “War of Northern Aggression!” “You lie!”, and “Benghazi!!!!!!”
Old news.
Away, away, away
Down South
In Dixie.

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euwe max April 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Well, one thing for sure – he was a better shot than Wilson – 8 shots instead of more than 20.

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Mike at the Beach April 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

He wasn’t fighting for his gun and scared out of his mind. Wilson was, and it makes a huge difference. You should try it sometime.

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euwe max April 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Are you volunteering?

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Mike at the Beach April 8, 2015 at 1:13 am

Sure…didn’t realize we were in schoolyard mode. Done it many more times than I would have cared to. Point still stands, though; entirely different situations.

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Fecal Matters April 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Weak.

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idcydm April 7, 2015 at 11:34 pm

Here’s a comment you liked from another thread.

“Who the fuck cares what you think?”

Sorry I couldn’t pass it up.

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euwe max April 7, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Thanks… I think.

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

On Twitter, complete silence about the Patrolman Slager story from Miss Nikki …
https://twitter.com/nikkihaley
… and Miss Lindsey.
https://twitter.com/grahamblog
Pure Dixie.

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nitrat April 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

What about Tim Scott …who is from that neck of the woods?

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

Senator Scott bucked Fat Tony’s Silence, Clarence! Thomas Rule and actually offered two tweets on the matter.
Word has it, shortly afterward, Scott’s Tea Party Bosses sent a small cadre of their underlings to his office to readjust Senator Scott’s Twitter feed and a few of his fingers. Senator Scott’s office has declined to comment on the matter.

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

nitrat,
Also it’s important to remember that while Senator Scott disobeyed Fat Tony’s Silence, Clarence! Thomas Rule to issue his unauthorized Tweets, he’s, as you noted, from that “neck of the woods”. Real Dixie would never venture into that “neck of the woods”.
And it’s not like Miss Nikki and Miss Lindsey represent the entire state in any way. Miss Nikki stayed silent to tend to her work for the Citadel and Bob Jones. Miss Lindsey’s could be bothered on such a trivial matter, not while Miss Lindsey’s busy helping out his constituents in Judea and Samaria, also known as Old Testament Dixie East.

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Another North Charleston police officer has been fired.

An official with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed on Monday they are investigating a claim of “official misconduct.”

Kathryn Richardson, SLED Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Information Coordinator, says the request for the investigation was submitted by North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt on July 20th.

North Charleston Police Public Information Officer Spencer Pryor says at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th “a citizen contacted the North Charleston Police Department to report an incident of misconduct by Officer Kenneth Ford.” Pryor says Officer Ford was then terminated July 23.

This comes just three weeks after another North Charleston police officer, Sgt. Eddie Bullard, was terminated when police say he falsely reported that he had been shot. Charges from SLED are pending an investigation.

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:55 pm

A North Charleston police officer who was fired last month after being arrested for speeding and carrying a gun after drinking had a long history of similar complaints and terminations at other police departments.

Maurice Leverne Huggins, 39, was arrested July 24 after Charleston County sheriff’s deputies said he was going 110 mph and weaving through traffic along Ashley Phosphate Road in his truck. Huggins was not on duty at the time.

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm

A North Charleston police officer has been placed on administrative leave after she was charged with driving under the influence following a wreck in her cruiser

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm

A North Charleston police officer was fired earlier this month for failing a random drug test

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Bond denied for North Charleston police officer charged with murder

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

North Charleston police officer Christine Phinney faces a public intoxication charge after she was spotted stumbling in traffic early Monday on Central Avenue, authorities said.

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 11:00 pm

North Charleston police officer accused of hitting girlfriend …

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Not Long Ago April 7, 2015 at 11:02 pm

North Charleston Police Department said they are investigating an officer’s use of profane language towards a15-year-old female.

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Fecal Matters April 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Walter Scott sure bit into a rotten one that go around. This officers actions are inexplicable, he could have easily chased this 50 year old down no problem. If these officers are feeling so goddamn threatened, maybe they need to go into a different line of work. Props to the brave man who hung in there and captured this abuse of power.

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"It's a clean shoot" Johnson April 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm

Notice the videographer was smart enough to stay out of sight/behind a tree.

I’ll bet the video was submitted to media…because I highly doubt it would have been released so quickly if it was given to the PD.

Look how long the CPD sat on the trooper shooting the seat belt violator video.

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Dude Named Ben April 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Todd Kincannon – Charged with CDV 1 no conviction squeezed an arm. Everyone want’s him hung.

Walter Scott – Convicted of CDV 3 everyone is so upset he was shot by NCPD.

#whitelivesmatter

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vicupstate April 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

Last time I checked, Todd Kincannon was still alive. Do you have any more idiot comments you want to make?

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NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism April 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

Give Kincannon time and he’ll off his Missus.
In the name of Freedum!, Liburty!!, and Benghazi!!!!!!!!
Dude’ll be back to blame it all on Obama’s War on Women.

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Aloha Steve April 8, 2015 at 12:04 am

Is something going to happen to the other cop? I mean he is standing right there when the taser is dropped by the body. He is even facing the dirty cop and does nothing, even after the report is written up and disseminated to the press. He needs to be booted from the PD as well if he is going to help cover up dirty cops.

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The Great Googily Moogily April 8, 2015 at 8:55 am

there was also the taser plant that nobody here is talking about

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Daniel Boome April 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

“Without a bystander (there) the truth would’ve never been known,” former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers told FITS.

Umm….no, Bakari, there would have been autopsy results showing the man being shot in the back eight times, as well as trajectory analysis showing it was done from more than 10 feet away. The forensic evidence you want to ignore so badly in other racially charged situations would have brought charges against this cop even if there wasn’t a video. The video certainly helps, however it’s not true to say “the truth would’ve never been known.”

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mamatiger92 April 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Posting this a second time does not make it any more true. One would hope that the forensic evidence would’ve been enough. I remain unconvinced that it would have.

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Daniel Boome April 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I didn’t say that it did. I was posting a similar response on essentially the same story in two different locations. Your concern that “one would hope that the forensic evidence would’ve been enough” can be said about any homicide case with a suspect. The fact is that SLED was on this immediately and was already questioning the officers story at the scene. The forensic evidence had yet to be reviewed. I’m not saying he definitely would be convicted in absence of the video, but I’m tired of hearing that everything would just be a wash if there was no video. The main reason people (like Bakari) are saying that is to further the agenda about “blue on black” violence or the”teflon cop” arguments. They want us to believe that this is how all officers involved shootings go down, we just don’t have the same video in those cases to prove it.

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Godslayer April 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

Why do you think they call them Pigs?

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Manray9 April 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The North Chuck cop couldn’t shoot him as many times as he did with the revolver pictured above.

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easterndumbfuckistan April 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

They carry Glock 21s. 13+1 shot 45 ACP.

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