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In one of their most powerful covers in recent months, Time magazine explores the aftermath of the shooting of Walter Scott, the unarmed Black man killed by a South Carolina police officer, and highlights why his death – and the video of the altercation – is different from those of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Time magazine reports:

 “Where would we be without that video?” attorney Justin Bamberg wondered on behalf of Scott’s family.

 The answer to that question is important. Before the video emerged, the killing of Walter Scott had occupied the same contested territory in which hundreds of other cases have languished and festered–famous cases, like the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and other cases that barely register in the police blotter.

[Officer Michael] Slager told investigators that after he sought to question Scott about his brake light, the encounter somehow escalated. Scott, it was reported, had a warrant out for his arrest over delinquent child-support payments. The two men wrestled over Slager’s Taser, the officer said, and Slager felt threatened.

But the video tells a different story. At no point does Scott appear to threaten the life of since-fired North Charleston police officer Slager. Scott, however, still ends up dead like so many unarmed Black men during encounters with police officers, which leads to the question of why?

Check out the story and the powerful cover above.


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8 thoughts on “Time Magazine Examines Why Walter Scott’s Shooting Death Is Different From Other Unarmed Black Men

  1. I really think the issue of separation has to be part of the conversation when we are talking about solutions. We are never going to be respected or accepted as a group in this country. This is extremely possible. We have all of the resources to do it, minus the will. what I’m talking about is a nation without borders. The beautiful thing about it is we really wouldn’t have to leave the country

  2. Yolanda on said:

    #UScopsaretherealterriost over 300 assassination of black men and all got away and yall dont get tge real picture. ..and stop looking for gov’t help..they know that its going on yet they do absolutely nothing.!!!!!!

  3. Linda on said:

    None-the-less, an INNOCENT man of color is DEAD!

    Yes the video did help tremendously-without it the POS Pig’s lie would have stood.
    The young man who took the video (no doubt with his cellphone) needs a Medal.
    In addition, this young man needs to be placed in protective custody and not with the SC PD but
    with Federal gov’t. since his life will no doubt be in jeopardy due to his video.

    My heart goes out to Mr. Scott’s family. I hope and pray that when this case does go to trial that the jury sees it for what it is MURDER and the Scott family receives JUSTICE-just as Trayvon Martin,
    Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and countless others who have been gunned down by RACIST PIGS IN AMERYKAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Rascium is alive and well in this country. Especially since we elected a black man into the Whitehouse. But it never left. Whites are threaten of blacks in all of scociety. And our black rich athletes love chasing after white women. The white man can’t stand that. Neither can I. Black women rock

  5. guest on said:

    Walter had a warrant over non child support, and he was shot down in the streets, in the back several times over that?
    Shot down as he ran, in the back about 5 times, over a child support warrant?
    WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON AMERICA? Why is America ignoring the white elephant in the room?

    • guest on said:

      Since I wrote my comment above, I have found out that THERE WAS NO WARRANT out for Walter for child support.
      RIP Walter, you did not deserve to be used as target practice for a racist killer cop.

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