And cops and civilians are taught to shoot until the threat stops. While this guy wasnt a threat to begin with, in general you are trained to shoot until the attack or the attacker stops. I dont think the cop shot the guy once he was on the ground (didnt notice that but would have to see if I can tell from the video).
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
"Fly-over" country voted, and The Donald is now POTUS.
No, but Officer Slager clearly attempted to plant evidence initially. That much is undeniable.If that is the case, then why can he be seen picking it up again and placing it in his utility belt? Obviously it wouldn't be to plant anything. Duh!
WRONG, 110% incorrect!!!If you knew procedure, he was securing his weapon just as he called to have is car secured.
Officer Slager had the opportunity to secure his service weapon immediately after firing 8 rounds at Mr. Scott, but he didn't. He fires the shots starting at the :20 mark, radios "Shots fired" around the :29 second mark and can still be seen carrying his gun in his right hand as he does so. The video gets shaky from this point until around the :56 second mark where Officer Slager is clearly seen cuffing Mr. Scott and looking over his body. Therefore, it can be assumed that Officer Slager holstered his weapon sometime between the :29 and :56 mark - a full 37 seconds after firing his weapon.
At the 1:00 mark, Officer Slager returns to the spot where shots were fired and retrieves the object that fell to the ground. (Or rather, the item that Mr. Scott knocked out of his hand; it wasn't something that was purposely dropped.) At the 1:22 mark, Officer Slager can be seen holding the item in his right hand while once again talking in his shoulder radio with his left hand. At the 1:33 mark, it's clear that Officer Slager drops the item next to Mr. Scott's body. What was it? By all accounts, it was the taser gun. So, if Mr. Scott "had" Officer Slager's taser, why did he have to go "retrieve" it? The only way Officer Slager's life would have been in danger is if Mr. Scott had Officer Slager's taser gun in his possession AND was attempting to use it against him at the time the shots were fired. None of that appears to have been the case in this situation.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
I'm sure that you probably wouldn't give that any consideration and would dismiss anything that doesn't fit your right-wing world view.
Sorry....but politifact calls it and disses on left-wing as well as right-wing. You can dismiss them all you want it doesn't change the facts.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary (or faith) depends upon his not understanding it.”
"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice