Walter Scott’s Family Finds Justice in Killer’s Conviction
Members of Scott’s family, including his mother Judy, spoke this week:
"I forgive #MichaelSlager. I forgive you. Forgiveness is in my heart. I pray for you, that you would repent and let Jesus come in your life." Judy Scott, mother of #WalterScott, tells Slager in court. pic.twitter.com/v4Y1RuYaZA— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) December 7, 2017
The judge’s conviction is a rare exception to many cases of police brutality, in which many cops have failed to be indicted, let alone convicted.
Less than 1% of the officers who kill black people are ever convicted. Slager’s conviction should not be the anomaly. Accountability shouldn’t be the norm, either. Because Walter Scott should still be alive. https://t.co/CKBcDA6DlL pic.twitter.com/zdubRoztAl— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) December 7, 2017
Some, however, were critical of the length of the sentence:
The Scott case is one of the clearest cases of police violence against unarmed African Americans. A cell phone video which explicitly shows Scott being shot from behind while defenseless went viral and provided new and essential evidence in the case, negating Slager’s self-defense claims.
In his sentencing, Slager faced up to life in prison. He received 20 years. A victory, but not one that necessarily challenges the trend of police officers taking Black lives and getting away with it. #WalterScott— Advancement Project (@adv_project) December 7, 2017
The importance of the cell phone video, taken by Feidin Santana, was highlighted in reaction to Slager’s sentencing.
Scott’s death led to continued outcry about policing and deadly shootings, protests from the Black Lives Matter movement, and a renewed discussion about police wearing body cameras.
I can’t stop thinking about Feidin Santana — the Dominican immigrant who bravely shot the video of #WalterScott’s death.— Cristian Farías (@cristianafarias) December 7, 2017
He testified on behalf of the government.
Today wouldn’t have been possible without him. https://t.co/Ivpw4c9PIl
In 2017 thus far there have been 909 deadly shootings by police, 201 of those black men and 9 of those black women.
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