There have been more than 400 police killings of civilians this year and only three have resulted in charges. Thankfully, this week a grand jury indicted South Carolina former police officer Michael Slager on the murder charge of killing Walter Scott, a man who was stopped for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated when Scott took off running and Slager than took off after him, shooting at him eight times and hitting him multiple times in the back. All this was caught on film by a passerby who made the video public.
Mr. Scott’s death became a rallying point for critics of police conduct after months of protests about the deaths of black men at the hands of officers in Ferguson, Mo., and on Staten Island. People staged peaceful demonstrations in North Charleston, a city of about 104,000 people, after Mr. Scott’s death. Mr. Slager, a former member of the Coast Guard, joined the North Charleston force in 2010. Before Mr. Scott’s death, Mr. Slager had been the subject of two formal complaints, including one for excessive force after he used his Taser while he pursued a burglary suspect.
If convicted, Slager could serve 30 years to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Team Blackness also discussed the drop US abortion rates, the sad case of Kalief Browder, and the pool party in McKinney, Texas, that went horribly wrong.