Walter Scott probably attacked Slager after all
Video stills appear to show taser wire dangling from the arm of North Charleston police officer Slager. The raw cell phone video appears to show an enraged cop shooting a fleeing suspect without cause. However, when the evidence is all put together and stills from the video are analyzed, a much different narrative emerges.
Video stills suggest that officer Slager was telling the truth about being attacked. He appears to have taser wire dangling from his body. It looks like Slager’s left leg has been hit by taser electrodes, and the wire is wrapped over Slager’s left arm. Later, Slager was photographed with his left pant leg pulled up. If you look at this collection of sequential stills, a black object is being dragged across the ground behind Walter Scott.
The officer alleges that he was attacked and Walter Scott took his tazer. Slager says he fired because he feared for his life. While tasers are considered a non-life threatening alternative to firearms, dozens of people are killed by police tasers every year. Also, someone who was just hit by a taser is unlikely to be thinking clearly.
Given all the evidence that has come out so far, it seems extremely unlikely that Slager could be convicted of first degree murder (simply called “murder” under South Carolina). This webmaster predicts that the charges will be reduced to manslaughter. Under South Carolina law, manslaughter is defined as “the unlawful killing of another without malice, express or implied, must be imprisoned not more than thirty years or less than two years.”
Gwen Nichols, another witness, told the media that she saw Slager and Scott fighting. The full evidence that has been released so far suggests that Slager was attacked by Scott. Slager was hit with his own potentially lethal taser. Then Slager fired the fatal shots as Scott ran away. Scott initiated the confrontation and probably committed felony assault in the process.
For days, every media outlet in the nation has been screaming “white officer charged with murdering unarmed black father.” Walter Scott was a habitual deadbeat dad that had an outstanding warrant for non-payment of child support. The media clearly is pushing an agenda. Every day white people are murdered by blacks and none of them are national news stories and usually race is never mentioned.