I don’t often comment on issues of race, but in the case of Walter Scott i feel compelled to. As i’m sure many of you already know, officer Michael T Slager, shot and killed Walter Scott in what looks to be cold blood. A video has surfaced clearly showing Slagger shooting Scott in the back while he was running away from him. By all accounts it seems to be an act of murder, and this is in fact what officer Slager has been charged with.
An additional video has emerged of the dashcam footage that preceded the the shooting, showing officer Slager pulling over Scott. He asks him for his license and registration, to which Scott replies that he didn’t have it on his person and was actually in the process of purchasing the vehicle. Slager returns to his vehicle and moments later Scott is seen bolting from the vehicle, initiating a chase that would ultimately culminate in the loss of Walter Scott’s life.
CNN has published an article about these developments, and talks about what possible circumstances could have led to Walter Scott running from what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, here’s what they said:
When asked what might have motivated Scott to run, Justin Bamberg, another attorney for the family, speculated that Scott might have been concerned about child support issues.
Scott owed back payments on child support totaling $18,104.43, according to Charleston County family court documents obtained by CNN. He had a bench warrant issued against him for failure to pay at the time he was stopped by Slager.
Needless to say, if this is true, then you have just witnessed a man gunned down, as a result of his fear, of being imprisoned for child support debt. Of course Slager is responsible for taking this mans life, but ask yourself, would a woman feel the need to run from an officer for back child support? Ah yes women don’t have to pay child support in the vast majority of custody disputes, because they’re awarded custody 90% of the time. I do not want to jump to conclusions so i will stop here. but stay tuned gentleman i will be following this closely