I’m so disgusted after viewing the video of the shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager. The killing of yet another unarmed man is not shocking. I am mostly shocked by the initial statement made by Slager’s attorney. Before knowing a video existed, Slager’s attorney said the two men were wrestling over the taser when he feared for his life and shot him. After watching the video of the incident, Slager’s attorney withdrew from his case. Clearly Slager lied to his chief during the investigation and lied to his attorney.
I am constantly asked why I defend people, even the ones I know are guilty. My response varies but generally my job is made easier by the lies of the officers. They often lie about things that don’t even matter so I know they lie about the facts of their encounters with my clients. They lie about harassing people without reason, reasons they pull people over, lie about how they obtained evidence, lie about beating people, and now they lie about killing people. Even when they get caught lying, they often don’t have any consequences.
It’s sad that we live in a time where we have to police the police. It’s sad that many officers think “protect and serve” can and should be done by any means necessary. It’s sad that Slager’s lies would have gone unnoticed without the video of the shooting and attempted cover up. Prosecuting Slager is a step in the right direction but not a solution to the overall problem of lying cops who hold peoples’ lives in their hands.