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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    If the Feds do not threaten SC, the NC DA's office, or the police dept. in any way prior to the trial, the cop WILL BE ACQUITTED, period.
    From what I read, it sounds like the governor of that state might take care of any "threats" necessary.

    But I suppose it if falls through in the end the feds will become involved.


    Personally I'd give SC a chance to **** up first.
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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    Then you'd be dropped from the jury panel in SC if you were ever called to serve on the case.
    What evidence do you have of this? Or is this based on your extensive "experience" with southern white Republicans? Or just your perception? Your stereotypes?
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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    This happens. Not all the time, but it does happen. And when it does, it SHOULD be investigated, prosecuted where warranted, and punished accordingly.

    But the only time it matters (and the OP so very clearly illustrates it) is when it is a WHITE cop and a black victim.

    Not a ton of outrage when it is a white guy shot by a cop. or a Latino. And if the cop is black? Fuggedaboudit....




    But what do the headlines say in THIS case?

    "Video Shows Officer Michael Slager Shooting Unarmed Black Man In The Back In South Carolina"

    Cause it only matters when the victim is a black man.

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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    Cops are armed agents of the (local) govt. and should therefore be subjected to tribunals, not civilian trials.

    Regrettably, the system doesn't work that way
    They are not the military. They are civilians. They operate within the borders of the United States. What you are suggesting would further militarize the police. Not to mention make them further protective of each other since they would no longer be treated justly or concern for their constitutional rights.
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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Well of course.

    The defense would nix him straight off, if he flat-out stated he had already decided this...person...was guilty.
    You don't understand how courts function in states like SC.

    During the voir dire process of jury selection, the prosecution and public defender will ask the jurors questions to determine if they're biased towards or against cops, and after that both attorneys will drop jurors (via peremptory challenges) that are deemed to be either neutral or biased against cops, leaving only those that tend to favor the police, esp. in cases where the cops shot Black individuals.

    Although it isn't strictly a necessity, it's a fair bet that the remaining jurors will be all White and racist.

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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    They are not the military. They are civilians. They operate within the borders of the United States. What you are suggesting would further militarize the police.
    They're already militarized, so it's irrelevant.

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    Not to mention make them further protective of each other
    They already are, so that's also irrelevant.

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    since they would no longer be treated justly or concern for their constitutional rights.
    Constitutional rights were intended for the People, not cops. Errant cops can be dealt with in tribunals, which are more cost-effective for taxpayers than civilian trials.

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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Cause it only matters when the victim is a black man.
    No matter the races involved, the actions I saw in that video IMO deserve serious consequences.

    Personally, I'd say the police officer intentionally killed an unarmed, fleeing person.

    For no ****ing reason that I could see.

    If SC has the death penalty, this (probably former, now) cop deserves it.

    If anyone does.


    Edit: Assuming there are not some seriously mitigating circumstances that do not show up in that video.
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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    Body cams on cops are 100% worthless. The police depts. would just doctor the body cam videos or else the cops would turn off the cams and/or censor specific footage.

    In the event body cam videos were available for the public to see, there would be huge discrepancies in the video picked up by those cams and those picked up by bystander cameras and/or cell phones.
    To add to that, I did hear of this case in New Mexico where the cops were ordered to release video of an incident and they did release, the video- but they encrypted it so that you couldn't watch anything. (Albuquerque PD encrypts videos before releasing them in records request - Boing Boing)
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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    No matter the races involved, the actions I saw in that video IMO deserve serious consequences.

    Personally, I'd say the police officer intentionally killed an unarmed, fleeing person.

    For no ****ing reason that I could see.

    If SC has the death penalty, this (probably former, now) cop deserves it.

    If anyone does.
    I agree completely. I dont think anyone denies it happens and it certainly 'happened' in this case. That was an unjustified shooting. But...if it happens (and it does) then WHY is it always the headlines about THE BLACK MAN?



    There ARE some things that dont make a ton of sense about the case and some that support there was some sort of a struggle prior to the shooting. EMPHASIS...that does NOT justify shooting the man in the back.

    He was reportedly pulled over for a traffic violation. How did they end up in the lot? Also...stop the tape 17 seconds into it. At 18 seconds you will see the victim (yes...I said victim) dropping a black object after some sort of physical contact with the cop, then he turns and runs.

    When he shot, it is obvious he was not at risk and should NOT have shot. What happened prior doesnt justify the shooting, but it may give it some context.

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    Re: Video Shows Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man in South Carolina

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I agree completely. I dont think anyone denies it happens and it certainly 'happened' in this case. That was an unjustified shooting. But...if it happens (and it does) then WHY is it always the headlines about THE BLACK MAN?



    There ARE some things that dont make a ton of sense about the case and some that support there was some sort of a struggle prior to the shooting. EMPHASIS...that does NOT justify shooting the man in the back.

    He was reportedly pulled over for a traffic violation. How did they end up in the lot? Also...stop the tape 17 seconds into it. At 18 seconds you will see the victim (yes...I said victim) dropping a black object after some sort of physical contact with the cop, then he turns and runs.

    When he shot, it is obvious he was not at risk and should NOT have shot. What happened prior doesnt justify the shooting, but it may give it some context.
    I may watch it in more detail when I get home from work.

    But I think that the reason they put "black" in the title is because....

    Well, frankly, people are primed to hear about potential racial violence now. It gets good ratings, whether there was actually a racial component involved or not.
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