BAIL DENIED, PROTESTERS RAGE, BODY CAMERAS ORDERED …
|| By FITSNEWS || The white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott has been fired from his job, North Charleston, S.C. officials said. The officer – 33-year-old Michael Slager – has also been denied bond by a judge on his murder rap, meaning he will stay behind bars as prosecutors determine how to handle his case.
The incident – which has made international news – prompted a chaotic city press conference repeatedly interrupted by protesters chanting “no justice, no peace.”
Wait … isn’t justice in the process of being served? Well, yeah … but only because an anonymous video of the shooting got leaked to a local newspaper.
Prior to the release of the video, North Charleston police claimed Scott was gunned down by Slager because he posed a legitimate threat to the officer’s safety – having engaged in a scuffle with Slager which resulting in him obtaining the officer’s taser weapon. Police also said Scott was fatally shot following a “foot pursuit” and that officers attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an attempt to revive him.
While the video depicted what appears to have been a minor scuffle, the rest of the police narrative turned out to be highly suspect – if not completely fabricated.
There was no “foot pursuit” – 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. Furthermore, no CPR appears to have been administered prior to Scott succumbing to his wounds.
All this because there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest over failure to pay child support …
In announcing Slager’s firing, North Charleston mayor Keith Summey said the officer’s wife – who is eight months pregnant – will remain on the city’s insurance policy until after her baby is born.
“We think it’s the humane thing to do,” Summey said.
Summey also announced North Charleston had ordered 250 body cameras for its officers … something the city would have already done (or been required to do) had our advice been followed in the wake of last year’s officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
That shooting prompted violent protests … even though the facts of the case (unlike the facts in this case) appeared to justify the officer’s actions.
Protests in the Palmetto State have been peaceful … so far.