If it hadn’t been recorded…

Another black man is dead, murdered at the hands of a white police officer. This time, however, the cop is not getting away. Michael Slager has been fired, arrested, and charged with murder. At the very least, he’ll never work as a police officer again. Hopefully, he’ll wind up behind bars where he belongs.

Though circumstantially similar, one can’t help but notice how the shooting death of Walter Scott has diverged so wildly from the shooting death of Michael Brown. In both cases, black men were stopped and confronted by police for petty offenses. In both cases, black men were shot multiple times some distance away from their attackers. In both cases, the attacking police officer claimed to have been in dire fear for his well-being at the time of the shooting.

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I guess it is illegal to shoot unarmed black teens after all

Michael Dunn is going to prison, probably for the rest of his life. And that’s good news for unarmed black teens who like listening to loud music, because it sets the legal precedent that it is, in fact, illegal to kill them for no good reason, even in the State of Florida.

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