Tuesday, May 2, 2017

GOOD! Former South Carolina officer to plead guilty in Walter Scott killing
Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will plead guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man he shot and killed as he fled from a 2015 traffic stop, his lawyer has confirmed.

The 35-year-old former officer, who is white, faces a range of federal civil rights charges and will plead guilty to using excessive force on Scott, his lawyer said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the conviction carries up to life in prison.

Eyewitness video of the 2015 shooting captured the moment that Slager opened fire on Scott as he ran away from the officer with his back turned. The footage commanded international attention and was cited by members of the Black Lives Matter movement as among the clearest evidence of the fatal consequences of racially biased policing in the US.
One of those things that are clear cut, what reason had there been for him to shoot a man in the back as he flees from police. This is one video that I really couldn't unsee as it's my policy to avoid watching almost  anything that results in a loss of life.