Dead Black man Walter Scott has been charged today for being shot in the back by White police officer Michael Slager.
This unexpected charge comes in the heels of an extraordinary coincidence. Initially, the shooting had drawn no attention, since all that was known was that Mr. Scott had been found lying face down on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back, bullet holes on his body.
Later, however, it became clear that someone had videotaped the entire incident. The video answered a lot of questions. Specifically, it became clear that Mr. Scott was not simply lying down, but he had, in fact, been shot in the back while running away unarmed from police officer Mr. Slager.
The video is considered critical evidence and could be used as such if it is in fact permitted to be used in court; the latter is not yet certain because, due to its graphic nature, it may be dismissed so that the sensitivities of the judge and jury are not offended.
If allowed, however, the video will most certainly lead to a conviction, as it shows that Mr. Scott is unquestionably guilty of being shot in the back.
Such conviction, some could argue, may not necessarily lead to closure. Since Mr. Scott is dead, any sentencing will be purely symbolic. Still, what is important here is that justice is served and that Mr. Scott is indeed found guilty of being shot in the back.
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