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South Carolina shooting: passenger was in Walter Scott's car during traffic stop

South Carolina shooting: passenger was in Walter Scott's car during traffic stop
Reports say an unidentified passenger was in the 50-year-old’s car when he was stopped by officer Michael Slager before fatal shooting

A passenger was reportedly in Walter Scott’s car when Scott was stopped by a North Charleston police officer who fatally shot him shortly afterwards.

Local news station ABCNews4 said police reports showed an unidentified passenger was inside Scott’s Mercedes Benz when the 50-year-old was stopped by officer Michael Slager last Saturday.

That person could provide insight into the circumstances that led Slager to fire at Scott while the unarmed man was running away – an incident that was captured on video by Feidin Santana, who was walking to work nearby.

A spokesman for the Scott family’s attorney, Chris Stewart, told the news station the family does not know who the passenger was.


Charles Blow: "The end of the line has come for hoping alone-Now is the time for fundamental change"

In South Carolina, Shot in the Back as He Ran

I am truly weary, deep in my bones, of writing these columns about the killings of unarmed people of color by the police. Indeed, you may be weary of reading them. Still, our weariness is but a dim shadow that falls near the darkness of despair that a family is thrust into when a child or parent or sibling is lost, and that family must wonder if the use of deadly force was appropriate and whether justice will be served.


After the video surfaces, the officer is charged with murder and fired from the police force. In a news conference, the mayor of the city, Keith Summey, says of the incident: “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And if you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

But even the phrase “bad decision” seems to diminish the severity of what has happened. A life has been taken. And, if the video shows what it appears to show, there may have been some attempts by the officer to “misrepresent the truth,” a phrase that one could also argue may diminish the severity of what is alleged to have happened.


.......... it seems to me that the end of the line has come for hoping alone. Now is the time for fundamental change: not just in one particular case or with one particular officer, but also systemically. (The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has already recommended some policy changes.)

And now is the time for not only considering the interplay of race and power in these cases, but also the ability to register and respect humanity itself. That requires a change of culture.


The Police Are America's Terrorists


Last Saturday, Walter Scott was driving his Mercedes in North Charleston, S.C., when he was pulled over by police officer Michael Slager for driving with a broken taillight. Scott had a complicated life, as many of us do. He was employed and engaged; he owed back child support; in all likelihood he really didn’t want to go to jail. When Slager approached, Scott ran.


As long as there have been white people and black people and brown people in America, the slaughter of black and brown people has been used as a form of control. For centuries, on a population level, the racial majority has voted and lobbied to give agents of the state more power to act without sanction, to militarize, to kill. Functionally, this has enabled them to wage war on behalf of the majority of the public; to express hatred and fear and aspire to power through campaigns of terror and carnage.

The slaughter of black and brown people is, in this light, a political act, political violence enacted for political purpose against a civilian population to raise fear and obtain compliance. That Slager probably never thought of things in these terms doesn't matter; what does is that he was trained and given incentives in line with the interests of a particular class intent on preserving its power. The violence he enacted is a kind that keeps one class of citizens terrorized and fearful of random violence for the benefit of another. It's meant to keep that class in line and intact, even as the sands of time shift and racial minorities slowly crawl toward majority status. It's little different from what we've see in India, or Israel and Palestine, or Ireland—a dominant class using the instruments of power against a subjugated one.

It is, in essence, the final expression of an idea. Unlike people, ideas are impossible to kill.

the rest:

WH Trolling Netanyahu?

diagram from bottom of the WH.gov page:


Look familiar?

"Stop! Or I'll shoot you 8 times in the back and then plant evidence on you!"


From Ron To Ayatollah - XOXO

Look at our First Family, y'all. Just drink it in.


The exact moment police planted evidence


The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something up off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.



Updated to add this crosspost:

Before Secret Video Was Revealed, This Was The Official Police Statement on Walter Scott Murder:


Before Secret Video Was Revealed, This Was The Official Police Statement on Walter Scott Murder:

VIDEO quite disturbing:

Obama Jabs 'Less-Than-Loving' Christians At Prayer Breakfast

President Barack Obama appeared to poke fun at his critics Tuesday during an Easter prayer breakfast speech at the White House.

“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians I get concerned.”

The President didn't specify what those "less-than-loving expressions" were.

"But that's a topic for another day," he added to laughter and applause from the audience. "I was about to veer off. I'm pulling it back."

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