Judge declares a mistrial in Michael Slager trial:
The old rule of thumb used to be; a picture or video can tell a thousand words. Not so in this case and others like it.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN)A South Carolina prosecutor vowed Monday to retry a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston after the jury failed to reach a verdict following 22 hours of deliberation.
After a routine traffic stop on April 4, 2015, officer Slager a white cop shot and killed Walter Scott a black man. A video of the shooting was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video, which showed Walter Scott running away from the cop after a traffic stop. Who knows why the man was running away?
The gun-happy, psycho cop fired eight times, striking Scott three times in the back. To top it all off, he was a poor shot. It is highly possible that the 5 shots that missed Scott could have struck and killed innocent bystanders. Using good judgment should be a big factor in police training.
It is absolutely incredible that anyone can watch this video and can not determine that the cop was DEAD wrong and should be found guilty.
It seems that prejudice is still alive and well in South Carolina. The jurors — 11 white and one African-American — struggled to reach a consensus.
They returned to deliberate three times Friday after indicating they were deadlocked. One juror, in a note, said he couldn’t vote for a conviction and wouldn’t change his mind. Monday brought a slew of questions, such as requests for clarifications on terminology related to the law, before the mistrial was declared.
Can anyone blame the black community for being highly pissed off/disturbed when situations like this exist?
One other very good example of injustice.
Police Shoot 137 Times Into Car After Chase, Killing Unarmed Couple
A cop in downtown Cleveland thought he heard gunfire coming from a car with two occupants in it and gave pursuit. After a very long chase up and down the streets of Cleveland, with about 20 cop cars in the assault parade, the windup is, one of the cops (RAMBO) jumped on the hood of the car after it was stopped and shot directly into the vehicle at the 2 unarmed passengers. (RAMBO)
You guessed it. After a very long delay, he was brought to trial and yes he was found not guilty. Give me $%#&*! BREAK.
I am the first one that will always lean toward the cops, giving them the benefit of the doubt in most circumstances as to their guilt or innocence. BUT under these kinds of conditions, how can anyone not find these wack-jobs guilty of at least something???
All in all, I do not blame the black community for their anxiety and frustration under conditions like this. I still do condone peaceful demonstrations but absolutely not rioting.
If rioting was the answer and there was a positive outcome, then possibly yes. BUT as we know, it never has a satisfactory ending.
The judicial system has to give people who have been wronged the satisfaction to at least know that the offender, no matter what their status is will be fairly prosecuted.
What can be more damning than a videotape of a cop shooting someone who is running away from them? The law clearly states; it is illegal to shoot anyone that is running away because the threat of danger does not exist. That rule applies to civilians as well as cops.
Can cops shoot someone running away?
The Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that a police officer cannot shoot a fleeing suspect unless he or she has reason to believe the individual “poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”
What more do the good people of South Carolina need to convict? This should have been an open and shut case. I thought the clan mentality vanished years ago.
As I have alluded to in some of my previous posts. There should be a blanket/mandatory sentencing based on each type of crime across the board in all states. If someone robs a store in the Land of Palin, they should receive the same punishment as a person that robs a store in Perrysville, Tx.
These 2 incidents are just a few of the many infractions of the law perpetrated by some out of control law enforcement personal. Unless they are brought under control, the racial issue in the USA will never be resolved.
Fortunately, the rouge cops only are a very small percentage of the good cops out there putting their lives on the line to protect us.
There should be a mandatory training of the dos and do nots for EVERYONE before they are allowed to put on a badge or strap a gun to their hip.