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Do you think that the North Charleston Police Department has taken appropriate steps towards reform a year after the Walter Scott shooting?
Dr. Luther Seabrook Weighs In On Slager Trial
11/16/2016 5:45:36 PM

Luther Seabrook
By Dr. Luther Seabrook

'Was Slager Justified or Overreacting?' 

That was the headline – front page – Post and Courier. Perhaps because of my history with police officers in Mississippi, South Carolina, and New York trepidation is my middle name.

Did I misread the statement of the prosecutor? Her appeal to the jurors described Mr. Scott’s behavior (running away from the officer while he was repeatedly tased) as ‘foolish’.

She then went on to suggest Mr. Scott’s killing could be an overreaction in the “heat of passion”, and further suggested that the jury may have an option to convict on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Was this a misprint?

It seems to me like the opening lines of a defense attorney – not a prosecutor.

As cynical as I am of using a prosecutor who works with the police department to try a police officer, we all must admit that having a prosecutor lay the foundation for a lesser charge is troubling. Is this collusion between the solicitor and the defense? Should an outside prosecutor be appointed?

The makeup of the jury is suspect. Suspect also is the prosecutor’s acceptance of this jury. This cabal seems to involve all of the players except the Scott family. Has the ending of this trial been predetermined? Who does the prosecutor believe to be the victim in this case?

I’m sure Ms. Wilson, as a white woman, has never had to confront an armed aggressor backed by the power of the state. Perhaps this is simply because she has never driven a vehicle with a taillight that isn’t functioning. Isn’t it strange that only black men and women have this problem? Is a non-functioning taillight a capital crime? In the black community, police officers are far too often the arrestor, judge, and executioner. The use of force is always excused by fear, or “the heat of passion”. Black people, of course, are super strong.

One or two bullets simply won’t bring us down. You need to fire at least eight and make sure that at least five hit us.

They say this would not have happened had he not run. I submit that this trial would never have happened had the video not come out. What is it that “they” say after every killing? I feared for my life. So did Walter Scott.

As we sit back and pray that justice will do its job we had also better begin to implement a strategy to change the system. At this time justice is ‘just us’. Pray, yes, then get up off of your knees and stop this carnage. Your very life may depend on it. If not now, when? If not you, who?

Luther W. Seabrook
2430 Kendall Drive
Charleston, SC 29414

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