April 9, 2015
CNN reported, “A video shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott eight times as Scott has his back to him and is running away. It appears that Scott was unarmed,” was captured in the post “South Carolina shooting: Officer charged and fired; protesters demand justice.” See the raw footage (click here) (This footage maybe disturbing and not for children)
MSNBC and NBC have the exclusive of the videographer, Feiden Santana who used his cellphone to capture this shooting on his way to work. Feiden walk’s this way everyday to his job at his barber shop. As what would have been a normal day was far from standard as he captured the shooting of Walter Scott being shot 8 times. The now fired officer shoots Scott in the back as he flees from the officer. Slager tasers Scott first then drops the taser. After shooting Scott, Slager handcuffs Scott then proceeds to drop taser by his body. During the cover up process another officer is on scene.
NBC reports, “The video recorded by Feidin Santana shocked the nation when it was released this week. The footage resulted in Officer Michael Slager, 33, being arrested and charged with murder Tuesday for the shooting death of Walter Scott, 50, after a traffic stop in North Charleston Saturday.
“I won’t deny that I knew the magnitude of this, and I even thought about erasing the video,” Santana said in an interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” Wednesday.”
The taking of black lives is relentless and not new but is now coming more to the surface due to social media and camera ready phones that can be anywhere at anytime covering the news of the day. This event reminds me of the iconic Billy Holiday’s song Strange Fruit recorded in 1939, 76 years ago that speaks to the hanging of Black men from trees. The song delivers verse to the countless slaughter of Black men dying by rope and now by bullets and beating.
Nexuses Note: Note on April 7, marks the 100th birthday of American jazz singer Billie Holiday. Her life and early death at age 44 have been the inspiration for generations of singers, from Janis Joplin to Amy Winehouse. “Lady Day” (as nicknamed by frequent collaborator and close friend, saxophonist Lester Young) had a meteoric rise and a fast crash fueled by drugs and booze. She has become the very definition of both the glorious strong-willed diva and the tragic lonely chanteuse.
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