Conservative Blogger Thinks Video Of Cop Shooting Walter Scott Was Edited ‘Like Rodney King’s’ (TWEETS)

On Tuesday, North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager was charged with murder after a witness’ video showed that he had fatally shot Walter Scott, an unarmed African American man that was running away from him. Slager also tried to cover it up by putting his Taser near Scott’s body, perhaps suggesting that Scott had the Taser in his possession when he was shot.

Slager might have gotten away with this, as he’d claimed he “feared for his life” and had no other choice but to shoot Scott, who had supposedly taken his Taser. When Slager called for backup, he said, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser.” It’s unusual for South Carolina cops to have charges against them for shooting someone, but the witness’ video changed everything:

Even though the evidence in the video is blatantly obvious, not everyone can accept it. After Slager’s announcement was made, conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson took to Twitter to drum up sympathy for Slager and demonize Scott. Johnson suggested that the witness video, (along with police brutality victim Rodney King’s) was “doctored.” Johnson also brought up Scott’s criminal history as if to justify the cop’s actions. Here are just some of the tweets Johnson posted after the ruling:

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.07.33 PMHow could anyone be on Slager’s side, when the video footage is in such contradiction to what he claimed actually happened? Slager actually claimed that Scott was shot during the struggle over the Taser. The North Charleston police spokesperson said:

“A man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him.

That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer. The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him”

Slager’s lawyer, David Aylor, said:

“When confronted, Officer Slager reached for his Taser — as trained by the department — and then a struggle ensued. The driver tried to overpower Officer Slager in an effort to take his Taser.”

Aylor also said that Slager “felt threatened and reached for his department-issued firearm and fired his weapon.” Because it’s easy to “feel threatened” when an unarmed person is 15 feet away and running FROM you while you hold a gun at their back.

The surfacing of this video has made sure of justice in Scott’s case. To claim that the witness’ video was edited is preposterous. On the positive side, at least some people have found Johnson’s opinions humorous:

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Fortunately, it seems like Johnson might be alone in sympathizing with Slager.

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Featured image courtesy of NY Times (screenshot) and Charles C. Johnson Twitter