New Developments In Walter Scott Police Shooting

Guest post by DMartyr

By now, most have viewed the video of Walter Scott being shot in the back by South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager. The video looks very damning for the officer. His behavior certainly needs investigating and, if proven his actions were unwarranted, he needs to be held accountable. However, as with most of these videos, there is probably much more to the story than what you see on video.

For one thing, a closer examination of the video shows what looks like taser lead wires from Slager’s chest to Scott (image from The Last Refuge):

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Slager is holding his service weapon, not the taser in this still. The “wire” (if that’s what it is) goes from Scott’s leg area to Slager’s upper chest. In other frames from the video, we can see Scott dragging an object as he runs (images from The Last Refuge):


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Judging from these still frames, it is possible Scott did take Officer Slager’s taser and used it against him. I’m not suggesting that, alone, justifies deadly force by the officer. But for certain, in my mind, it does suggest there is much more to this story than we have seen so far.

Also keep in mind, this struggle did not start where the video starts. There was a long chase and, possible, other physical encounters along the way. This map illustrates the distance between the place Scott was pulled over to where the witness video begins and ends (image from The Last Refuge):

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The Last Refuge has much more on these developments.

Both released videos with audio synchronized:

Cross-posted at The Jawa Report

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