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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This is not who we are.

This is indefensible.


This is abhorrent.

No police officer can defend this action by Michael T. Slager, formerly of the North Charleston, S.C. Police Department. Happily, I haven't seen a single officer try to.

Go to 1:35 in the video, and watch as Slager tosses a black object down next to the body. Immediately after cuffing the dying man, he is seen jogging back to where the struggle began, and at 1:08 he picks up that object. I will bet you a month's worth of paychecks that the object is a Taser. I've seen them and handled them for years. It is a gun-shaped black item, seen when he drops it to be a figure L.

So, seconds after the shooting, Slager is tampering with the scene. Hell, that's a third degree felony here in Texas.

And about that shooting. Even before Tennessee v. Garner (1985), this wouldn't have washed with regard to the Fleeing Felon doctrine.  But even if it were legal, it isn't right. You don't kill a man whom you have identified, just because of brief struggle and he ran away.

That video is hard to watch, but I'm so glad that it was made, and released. Because it will help us seek justice. It won't be enough, but it never is, in any shooting of any human.

That's not us.

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4 Comments:

At Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me he tampered with the scene twice, I think I see him picking up the object that he threw down by the 'suspect'. Makes me sick. He just stood there not helping the second arriving officer.

 
At Monday, April 13, 2015 12:34:00 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

Sorry but this is EXACTLY who 'we' are....if by 'we' you are referring to the LEO community. There is a daily litany of such misconduct posted on Youtube. News reports are replete with stories of LEO kicking in doors to the wrong houses, shooting dogs, planting evidence, stealing money under color of authority and generally making Hitler's Gestapo seem tame and reserved by comparison. The ONLY reason this officer was arrested and charged was the presence of video that LEO did not know of by a citizen they did
not have the opportunity to assault and steal the camera from.
Otherwise this badgemonkey would not only have gotten away with murder but could very well have been 'commended' for his 'bravery' (sic). So YES....this is EXACTLY what 'we' are. When you screen for and hire bully's and sociopaths who will hand out the whoopass and beatdown's to keep the sheeple in line then THIS is exactly what you can expect those bully's and sociopaths to do.

 
At Monday, April 20, 2015 9:13:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

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At Monday, April 20, 2015 9:14:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

Dan, your failure to grasp what you're talking about is more embarrassing than is reading your poor command of punctuation.

It's a news screen, not a window. We will continue to prosecute the bad ones when we find them, we will continue to be damned for the practice by idjits who find this to be evidence that we're a fully corrupt institution.

 

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