This article and the video really brought back memories of my friend Chester and I. We were hot-tailing, trying to get home and it was after the 6:30 curfew in the neighbourhood (why would the “Greatest Country on Earth in the history of man” need to have curfews on neigbourhoods in the years 88/89?) and the police chased us down. We ran through a field, me with a gallon of milk in a plastic container (I had gone to Lucky’s as per Mom’s command as one of the Egyptian desserts required milk) and Chester was empty handed.
We dove down in some grass and the police trained their spotlights on us and then also set the dogs on Chester. They would later kill him in custody while I was present. I had to ride in the backseat with the corpse.
When they opened the passenger side back door of the police car (after I had told them that I would show them where I live and give them other people who would also be “out after curfew”), I shot out like a flash, knocked on the door of a neighbour’s house and ran through all the way to the back door, exited and escaped homeward (when I had dived in the grass, I detonated the gallon of milk and came home empty handed with the sopping wet milky clothes).
I had seen them plant a weapon on Chester after he was dead. The police report read that he was a member of the IVC (Imperial Village Crips) – which was true – but he hadn’t done any criminal behaviour in years and wasn’t when he was with me.
They further said he went for a weapon (which he didn’t. I was there when they killed him. The dogs tore him apart and then they shot him when he tried to get to a standing position to escape) and they had to discharge their pieces. He “kept coming,” so they had to set the dogs on him (this is a furtherance of the “supernigger” theory, that the average black guy is just so powerful, it takes an army to hold him back).
There was no internal inquiry (such inquiries are headed by former or currently servicing police officers, which is clearly a problem if one is trying to maintain objectivity and avoid bias) and no court case to be brought as according to the report, they acted with due diligence. So it was a “good shooting.”
This was before dash cams, mobile phones, camcorders and the like. Now we can see footage of police throwing people off buildings (like what happened to my friend Juan), killing and many other things that the blue gang just does with reckless abandon. And if you think about resisting or fighting it, you’ll look like Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th when they get a hold of you. Look at the video above.
In spite of all this filming, you still find the police and the public at large unable to objectively look at this footage, see them acting wrongly and then give them the death penalty for murder. I am sad for those murdered but happy that this stuff is being caught on film.
Too many times, I was told in my youth, “Ahhh, those people are just resisting arrest! American cops are the greatest on the planet!” Now the whole world gets to see a cop kill a suspect (who was unarmed and running away and there was NO human reason to shoot him), plant something, call for back up and write up his report without mentioning these events. Take a look and also look at the court details.
Please see the article below
What Will It Take to Convict a Police Officer for Shooting an Unarmed Man?
In two high-profile trials—those of Officers Michael Slager and Ray Tensing—juries declined to hold cops accountable for taking the lives of civilians.
How could the trial have ended in anything but a conviction?
On April 4, 2015, the 50-year-old black motorist was pulled over in North Charleston, South Carolina, to address a broken brake light—a matter that inanely requires citizens to submit to impromptu interactions with armed agents of the state, despite the risk roadside stops pose to the safety of motorists and police officers.
The motorist, Walter Scott, unlawfully fled on foot from his 1991 Mercedes. Then Officer Michael Slager, who executed the traffic stop, pursued him on foot, drew his weapon, and shot the unarmed man in the back as he ran away.
A passerby captured what appeared to be a murder on his mobile phone camera, thought about erasing it for fear of his own safety, but decided to come forward after details of the video contradicted the police report that the officer in the case filed.
Nor was I alone in being horror-struck at his actions.
“Officials in North Charleston have sought to calm tensions; offered condolences to the victim’s family; made no attempt to publicly defend the officer; and said they handed the investigation over to the state, though they were not obligated to do so, to ensure an impartial and independent inquiry,” the New York Timesreported.
“I have watched the video, and I was sickened by what I saw,” North Charleston’s police chief told reporters. Slager was fired, arrested, charged with murder, and held without bail. That almost never happens when cops shoot unarmed people.
But despite an unarmed victim, forensics proving he was shot multiple times in the back, a police officer who made a false report, and clear video showing the entire debacle, Slager was not convicted of murder or manslaughter in his trial this week. A lone juror spared him that fate with a refusal to convict. That triggered a mistrial.
Prosecutors say they will retry the case.
If there was a police killing last year that was comparably egregious, it was that committed by University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who shot an unarmed motorist, Samuel DuBose, in the head during a traffic stop.
That killing was also captured on video. Joe Deters, the prosecutor in the case, declared, “This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make. People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent toward the officer; he did not. He did not at all. And I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost. And I feel sorry for the community, too.”
Their view is that the risks involved, the difficult demands of the job, and the importance of the task to society mean cops should always be given the benefit of the doubt.
The inevitable, unspoken consequence of that view is that citizens who have interactions with cops, often Hispanic or black men, are presumed to be in the wrong.
To stack the deck against unarmed citizens who get shot is absurd.
Yet even operating under a standard in which police officers get the benefit of every reasonable doubt, it seems hard to understand why Slager and Tensing wouldn’t have been convicted of manslaughter. The fact that neither was convicted is the latest evidence that the system as it now exists does not reliably punish cops for even egregious killings.
The policy debate around policing has lately focused on the tactics and rhetoric of Black Lives Matter (while mostly ignoring its excellent Campaign Zero roadmap for policy reform). Whatever conservatives think of Black Lives Matter, it is long past time that more of them join with libertarians and liberals in an effort to address this problem:
Armed agents of the state are killing American citizens at rates far higher than other developed countries, and even when videos show them killing unarmed individuals, some are somehow getting away with it.
People need to believe in cops. It’s an irrational belief, born of their own compulsion to make sense of the world, because if an otherwise ordinary police officer had a random killer hiding beneath his badge, there would be nothing to stand between our desire for safety and the insanity of random violence that could take our life, our children’s lives, for no reason at any moment. It would be like living in The Purge, and no one would ever be able to sleep at night if that was the case.
But as Elie says, the failure to convict in this case, with this evidence, rips our comfort blanket of civility from our clutches. Whether it’s because Walter Scott was black or Michael Slager was a cop isn’t clear. What is clear is that any result other than guilt in this case tell us the system is a failure and we are left to our own devices to survive.
In these two failed prosecutions of white police officers, the most proximate failures belonged to individual white jurors.
The larger failure to hold police accountable in the United States, even in egregious cases, is a collective one, and any political movement that claims to revere individual liberty or the rights set down in the Constitution is lying to itself if it doesn’t expend effort to make things better.