COUGH IT UP, CHOPPERS …
|| By FITSNEWS || Media outlets hoping to run the amateur video of a white North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed black man eight times in the back must now pay up … to the tune of $10,000.
According to The New York Times, an Australia-based company sent cease-and-desist letters to news outlets on behalf of 23-year-old Feidin Santana – who filmed the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott by 33-year-old officer Michael Slager earlier this month.
Fearful of the graphic images he captured on his cell phone, Santana originally contemplated deleting the clip. He eventually released the video to Scott’s family – who in turn provided it to the press.
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.
Nor were any attempts made to revive Scott – who died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back after Slager fired eight rounds at him as he fled.
Now Santana is claiming the video as his property – and insisting he be paid $10,000 from each outlet which wants to run the video.
His attorney, S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford, argues Santana deserves a cut from all the money his clip has made for media outlets.
“Y’all are driving traffic to your sites using that video – what’s he supposed to do?” Rutherford told FITS.
Rutherford said Santana does not own a car and has to borrow rides from friends.
“You tell me what’s fair?” Rutherford said.
True … hard to argue that point.
In fact we made pretty much the same argument in arguing for the privatization of higher education (notably the end of the NCAA’s glorified slave trade).
Anyway, Slager remains held without bail – facing a first degree murder charge in Scott’s shooting. An investigation by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) into the incident is ongoing.