Shooting down equality


It seems that society cannot escape the racial tension highlighted by Ferguson.

South Carolina now faces a similar scenario.

On Saturday, white North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager shot Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after stopping him for a broken tail light.

There is no significant proof to say that the shooting was fueled by racism, but Feiden Santana, a bystander, filmed the altercation, including the deadly shots from Slager.

Slager claims he took out his gun because Scott reached for his taser and he “feared for his life,” according to a Tuesday New York Times article.

In the video, it is unclear whether the black object falling to the ground behind the two men was a taser or another object.

“I heard the sound of a taser,” Santana said, “and it seemed that Scott was trying to get away and avoid being tasered more,” CNN reported.

Scott suffered multiple shots to the back and died on the scene.

For many, this shooting adds fuel to the fire already ablaze because of recent, similar incidents of excessive force.

Unlike some of the riots in Ferguson, the North Charleston demonstrations have been peaceful and respectuful of the Scott family’s wishes.

Scott’s mother said she does not want people to riot, and she has forgiveness in her heart for the officer, according to CNN.

Slager has since been fired from the North Charleston Police Department and charged with murder, according to Justin Bamberg, the attorney for Scott family.

The North Charleston area is racially mixed, with 47.2 percent of the population being African American and 41.6 percent of the population being white. Unrepresentative of the demographics, just 18 percent of the North Charleston Police Department is African American, according to a Thursday The State article.

The Penn hopes that after all pertitent information regarding the recent shooting is made public, justice will follow.