Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
A Black man. A car. A White cop. Black man runs. White cops shoots. Black man dies. White cop arrested and charged for killing the Black man.
Sound familiar? It should, but it’s not Walter Scott being gunned down as he runs away from Officer Michael Slager in North Charleston, South Carolina. It’s Jonathan Ferrell, the 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player whom in September 2013 survived crashing his car in Charlotte, North Carolina only to be shot down when Officer Randall Kerrick shot Ferrell 12 times striking him with 10 shots. Crawling from the wreckage of his car a, bloody and disoriented Ferrell banged on a frightened woman’s door and officer responding to the 911 claim he rushed them.
Then, as with Scott, a Taser was used by the cops against Ferrell and failed to stop him. There was also a dash-cam video of Kerrick killing Ferrell, but it was never released publicly. Kerrick was fired, indicted and faces trial…oh hell, I don’t know. SOMETIME in 2015. Or maybe next year. Or maybe never. It’s hard to say with any certainty.
Despite all the absolute certainty repeatedly expressed in this thread that Michael Slager is guilty as sin for murdering Walter Scott, please remember there was video of Rodney King being beaten and Eric Garner being choked to death and we all know how those cases turned.
Slager has a new attorney who has a reputation of taking on tough cases and winning them including a cop accused of killing a suspect. Slager will get his day in court (or he may not if he isn’t indicted) and he is entitled to mount a defense, In the hands of a skilled attorney up can be turned to down and what looks an absolute certainty now can become an acquittal if only one juror finds there is reasonable doubt.
That’s the one upside of being completely cynical about successfully prosecuting and convicting a killer cop; when it doesn’t happen you’re never shocked by it.
If I wanted to I could update my blog with nothing but updates of cops shooting Black men. I could, but I don’t want to. If I never wrote another post about a Black man killed by a cop, I’d be thrilled.
But racist police brutalizing us is a growth industry and business is good. Cops beating up, beating down and fucking up the world of Black people is an common event. It’s common practice. Beaten. Brutalized. Bloodied. This shit HAPPENS EVERY DAY. No holidays. No days off. No breaks. No pause. No let up of boots up the ass and on the necks of Black people.
Slam dunks are for the basketball court, not a court a law. A video is not a conviction. There have always been cops whom kill unarmed suspects, plant weapons on them and walk away from it and that is what would have happened had not someone filmed it.
Yet time and again, though the camera never lies, it doesn’t always lead to the truth and I have no faith it will in this case. The man behind the video, Feidin Santana admitted he gave serious thought to erasing the video. Imagine how differently this story would have played out if he had.
If Slager is charged, he won’t be indicted. If indicted he won’t be put on trial. If put on trial, he won’t be convicted. If convicted, he won’t be imprisoned and he will NEVER be sentenced to death. The good faith Americans place in the justice system is devout and guileless. unfortunately, the hard truth is their faith is all too frequently false and unfounded. It’s more likely Slager walks away from this and U.S. Supreme Court precedent is why.
Maybe things will be different this time, huh? Let’s all close our eyes, clap our hands and wish for ponies this Christmas too.