Walter Scott gunned down as if he were an animal
The video played repeatedly on network newscasts this week of North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed African American man, in the back eight times is an example of an everyday citizen recording injustice that will be embedded in our minds for a long time to come.
No unarmed citizen anywhere should ever be shot in the back by a police officer anywhere. Walter Scott did not deserve to be shot in the back as if he were an animal.
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In a true colorblind society it really should not matter that Scott was an African American man. However, we know we don’t live in a colorblind society, so his skin color matters.
In modern society most people have smart phones that come equipped with cameras that were installed to allow us to record moments of our lives that matter. Thankfully, Fiedin Santana, who was walking home to work, had the presence of mind to realize what he was witnessing last Saturday mattered.
Santana captured an act of injustice that should have never occurred. He shared the video with the right people who were able to get it to the media and law enforcement. Because of the video he recorded, Slager has been charged with murder and was fired by the North Charleston police department. This swift action by the police department has helped avert another Ferguson, Missouri. America does not need another Ferguson.
According to a report released last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, American Indians, 0.8 percent of the population, comprise 1.9 percent of police killings. African Americans, 13 percent of the population, are victims in 26 percent of police shootings.
So color of one’s skin must matter to the racist police officers out there who must think it is okay to kill American Indians and African Americans for whatever reason. Thankfully, the vast majority of law enforcement officers are not racists.
Hopefully more people, including American Indians, will follow Santana’s lead to record a video of injustice for the sake of justice when they encounter it.