So, if White people don’t understand why Black people don’t trust the justice system, look no further than Michael Slager. This man is the coward cop who shot Walter Scott in the back while he was running away AND planted a taser near his dead body. Look, it’s hard enough getting our killers to stand trial, let alone getting a conviction. Now, after Friday‘s mistrial in Slager’s case, Black people have yet ANOTHER example of how the system doesn’t protect us. Seriously, what does it take for our murderers to suffer the consequences of their actions?
As a refresher, in April of last year, Slager pulled Scott over for a broken brake light. From there, Scott fled, an altercation ensued when Slager caught up to him, Scott ran away again and Slager pumped five shots into his back. To make matters worse, after Scott’s body hit the ground, Slager picked up his deserted taser and placed it near the deceased Scott. Now, how do we know all of this? Because someone was filming the episode on his phone. At first, Feidin Santana, the man who took the video, didn’t come forward because he feared retribution. He eventually spoke up when he realized the authorities were lying about the events that led to Scott’s death.
Fast forward to Slager’s trial, this punk ass officer decided to take the stand in his own defense. Behind a myriad of crocodile tears, he tried to convince everyone that he feared for his life and that Scott still posed a threat, despite being 18 feet away and running in the opposite direction. Even after prosecutors pointed out the fact that Scott was unarmed and WELL out of reach, Slager still maintained his bullshit story of being in danger. To add insult to injury, Slager talked about how this incident has ruined the lives of him, his family and Scott’s family. Well, maybe if this clown wasn’t so fucking trigger happy in the first place, Scott’s family wouldn’t be suffering this pain.
With all of that being said, and with all of the evidence against Slager, one juror refused to convict him. In a statement released after the mistrial was announced, the juror said “I cannot and will not change my mind.” So, I have a few questions for that fucking juror? What other possible evidence would have been needed to garner a conviction? There’s a fucking video of the incident and that’s not enough?! Slager, after watching the aforementioned video, even admitted on the stand that Scott was unarmed and running away. That’s not enough?!?! There was even the option to convict him of manslaughter instead of murder? You couldn’t do that either?! What. The. Fuck. Man?! I’m literally at a loss for words here. At this point, I’m convinced God himself would have to come down from Heaven and say “Slager killed him.” Even then, that might not be enough to get a conviction.
In the end, THIS is why Black people don’t trust the system. THIS is why we say it’s rigged against us. There is literally NO justice for our people. Even during the rare times our murderers are forced to stand trial, they’re never punished. Yes, Slager will be tried again, but excuse me if I’m not convinced the system will work the next time around. It never does, son. It never does. I’m out.