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post #1606 of 6095
Sprinkle some crack on him, call it a day.
post #1607 of 6095
stop resisting
post #1608 of 6095
Scary shit.
post #1609 of 6095
At common law a cop could shoot a fleeing felon in the back to prevent his escape, and that was a-ok. That rule was only invalidated by the supreme court in 1985 (which required that the felon be dangerous) and that case only dealt with the fourth amendment. It's not clear (to me, at least, though it seemed to be assumed by most when it appeared that the Michael Brown shooting might not have been as obviously justified as it turned out to be) that invalidates state laws that exempt cops from prosecution for homicide.

A quick googling says SC has no such statute and that the status of the fleeing felon rule was "uncertain." I wonder if the cop would raise that defense.
post #1610 of 6095
Other than resisting arrest perhaps, what felony had the victim committed?
post #1611 of 6095
I have no idea. Something obviously happened before the video begins showing the action, as the guy filming is trying to set up the shot for at least fifteen seconds or so before he captures anything.

And "resisting arrest" by doing anything but running away (using any kind of force against the cop) is usually a felony. I say that with the caveat that I have no idea about South Carolina.
post #1612 of 6095
He was pulled over for a broken tail light, which is a bogus reason as SC only requires one functional tail light, and had a warrant for unpaid child support.
post #1613 of 6095
holy shit… not sure what happened before and I am not a lawyer, but I figure it's going to hard to defend this one…
post #1614 of 6095
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Originally Posted by anginaprinzmetal View Post

holy shit… not sure what happened before and I am not a lawyer, but I figure it's going to hard to defend this one…

Cop is white. Unarmed victim is black.
There is half his defense right there.
post #1615 of 6095
Because that's usually enough?
post #1616 of 6095
More than happy to wait for all the facts to come about but let's just all admit when a guy is already 200 feet from you, and running quickly in the other direction, killing him looks pretty bad.
post #1617 of 6095
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

More than happy to wait for all the facts to come about but let's just all admit when a guy is already 200 feet from you, and running quickly in the other direction, killing him looks pretty bad.

And then trying to plant a taser on him.
post #1618 of 6095
Here's how it was originally reported in the press:

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/28725562/coroner-identifies-man-shot-killed-by-north-charleston-police-officer
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Police and witnesses say Scott tried to run from Slager before turning to fight for the officer's Taser. It was during that scuffle that the officer fired his service weapon, fatally wounding Scott.

According to an incident report, officers heard Slager say over the radio that he had deployed his Taser and "seconds later" he said "Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser."

"He reached for my weapon!" has become the new sprinkle some crack on him. Without that video, no doubt would the officer receive a commendation and medal for shooting down a violent criminal attempting to do him harm.
post #1619 of 6095
There's so many videos of cops beating the shit out of handcuffed people while yelling, "STOP RESISTING" that it's a cliche. Is this part of their training now?
post #1620 of 6095
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

There's so many videos of cops beating the shit out of handcuffed people while yelling, "STOP RESISTING" that it's a cliche. Is this part of their training now?

It certainly seems like widespread informal training at the very least. They can then point to any video taken of the incident and use that as evidence the victim was resisting as they clearly said so during the arrest.
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