I think we need to be careful about allowing the left to lead us astray on the matter of Walter Scott’s shooting. From the video it appears as if its a clear case of a police officer exceeding his duties in the worst way. We also need answers on what happened during the four days between when the shooting occurred, when the video was published and when Michael Slager was charged with murder. If there was a cover up, as some are suggesting, it should be reasonably easy to expose.
However to me there are two issues here-
1) The US Police state, and
2) the push by political activists on the left to divide us along race grounds and in particular attack the white race.
We should not conflate the two.
The rise of the Police State in the US is a legitimate concern and I think most readers of this blog will agree the police are out of control, too often unaccountable and militarised in a way they should not be.
However the charge that they shoot too many blacks is IMHO divisive propaganda and not supported by fact. In the decade preceding 2012, 2,151 whites died by being shot by police compared to 1,130 blacks. Ok, so there’s about 5 times more whites than blacks, so some might say the numbers still show prejudice against blacks.
However blacks commit crime at a rate roughly three and a half times higher than whites. Current felony rates stand at 330 per 100,000 for whites and 1,178 per 100,000 for blacks. So there is no real evidence of selective shooting of black offenders.
Here is the real crux of the issue. An African-American is 60 times more likely to be killed by a fellow African American than he is by a white cop, and white cops are out there along with black cops putting their lives at risk trying to stop these killings.
If the concern is for the number of blacks being killed then the black community needs to look at itself before it tries to push any divisive anti-white Marxist propaganda about race based shootings.