The Murder of Walter Scott
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/05/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20943
A video capturing the murder of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer, has gone virtal.
There is no official account of cop shootings compiled by the federal government. The gun industry and lobby are opposed to any statistics on gun ownership or shootings. Yet a 2012 summary of local and state data shows that an average of one person is killed by cops, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes every 28 hours.
In almost in every case the investigation is internal and done by the police department with the cooperation of local prosecutors. There are no independent review boards with the power to indict or fire and arrest the killer cops.
The cops suffer little. They are placed on paid leave. The corporate media propagate the police story as fact, even portraying the victims as guilty for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The murder charge against the North Charleston cop is the exception, only highlighting the reality of disproportionate police violence directed at African Americans.