Michael Slager was caught on tape shooting a guy in the back while he was trying to run away, handcuffing him while he was lying there dying, instead of calling for help or trying to assist the guy himself, and then planting a taser on the guy's corpse, so it would seem like he'd stolen it . . . and still a jury couldn't see fit to find him guilty of murder. What else would he needed to have done?
Perhaps if he'd pulled Walter Scott's pants down and fucked him in the ass before backup arrived. (My bad if you're reading this during breakfast.) At least they could have gotten him on a sexual assault charge. Feminists would have felt compelled to side with the victim, even though he's a guy—and a black guy, at that.
I'm assuming there were women on this jury, but who knows. It definitely wasn't a jury of Walter Scott's peers. There were 11 CACs on this jury and one black person. In MFN Charleston! You can't tell me they couldn't find any black people in Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston was where the slave ship would pull up when it arrived in the US. Some of my own ancestors arrived in the US via Charleston. Certainly, there must be black people who never migrated elsewhere. It's not in a black man's nature to go somewhere if he doesn't have to.
Arguably, a jury in any case of a cop who killed an unarmed black man in cold blood should consist entirely of black people. Preferably unemployed black people, so they don't have to miss work. They shouldn't be too hard to find.
The trial of the cops who put a shoe on Rodney King, in the early '90s, was moved from LA to some distant suburb where only cops live, like in the movie Copland, and we see how well that turned out.
If there's a difference here, it's that this trial is taking place in the dead of winter, in a year that's already been colder than a mofo (I heard it's snowing in Hawaii) despite global warming. And I wonder if that's not by design.
Maybe that's the thing now: Instead of not charging killer cops at all, they let it go to trial and end up in a hung jury. In winter, when it's too cold out to riot. This Slager trial follows the Ray Tensing trial, the other day, which also ended in a hung jury.
And keep in mind this is all before Trump takes office. His pick for attorney general was considered too racist to be a judge, back in the '80s. Remember when people were all disappointed that Eric Holder didn't want to investigate the Mike Brown shooting? Things can always be worse.