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The Killing Fields

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In a recent audio tape that has emerged, killer cop Michael Slayer is caught laughing and admitting to another officer that he was still under a rush of adrenaline after shooting dead, unarmed Walter Scott in North Charleston on April 5, 2015.

The incident took place after a routine traffic stop for a broken tail light but turned deadly after the man in the car, 50-year-old Scott, took off running. After a short scuffle, Slayer sees no other recourse but to pump five bullets into the victim's back. Then he walks over nonchalantly, as if it was the most normal thing to do, to the dead or dying man and handcuffs his hands to his back, walks back, picks something up and drops it by the body with administering first-aid being the last thing on his mind. Perfect set-up for another cover-up where the police officer can claim that the killing was done in the name of self-defense or just another killing in the line of duty? Unfortunately for Slayer, this time there was a video that caught events as it took place. Is this just another case of white cop shoots unarmed black male or is it more specifically a case of crying "wolf" too many times by police officers in the name of self-defense AND law and order, that the stories are getting harder and harder to believe even without a video.

Travyon Martin, Michael Brown, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice were all shot in the name of self-defense while Eric Garner was choked to death for selling illegal tobacco on a street corner. In all three cases, the men involved have walked off scott-free while the victims have been laid to rest with cries of "Black Lives Do Matter!", and yet again it was too late for the young black men who lost their lives because of excessive brute force by police officers. Some have proclaimed that it has nothing to do with race, speaking from a world of white privilege of course, but more with no compliance and therefore their killing was seen as justice well-served. In the most recent incident, a video shows the horrific killing of an unarmed black male who was gunned down execution-style by a police officer, the man was running away when he was shot in the back several times. I wonder if this piece of substantial evidence will be enough to indict the officer of wrong-doing or will it be thrown out like all the other evidence in the other cases and deemed insufficient? Remember, the wheels are churning and in motion so what will it be this time? Police officers, it seems, are walking to the beat of a different drum mainly that of, no indictment!

Some may say, "Look at how many white people are killed by black males!" True, but we are not talking about thugs here, we are talking about men in uniform who have sworn to protect, serve and to keep law and order in the communities they serve, be it black, white, or whatever. However, these days some are taking justice into their own hands and in my opinion as an observer, they have walked away from murder. Perhaps, the most disturbing question that has arisen out of the latest shooting is, "How many times has this happened? How many times did they (the police) walk away from killing someone and claimed it as self-defense?" More pertinently, if there hadn't been a video in the recent shooting, would the outcome been different? Would Michael Slayer be in prison right now charged with murder or would he be free to police the streets again earning his paycheck and his perks after silencing someone forever? I guess we know the answer to that one.

No, I'm not saying that all cops are bad but because of the recent onslaught of shootings and especially of this nature, "shoot first and ask questions later", it does point to the fact that there are some very bad apples in the police force and they need to be weeded out before the situation gets worse and more people are killed in the fashion we have seen of late. Training and education might be the key to fostering good police officers but perhaps more than that, tests should be administered to evaluate the mental state of officers before they are given a gun and a badge and sent out to serve and protect.

In conclusion, I wonder if the decision of "no indictment" by the jurors in the Michael Brown case would have taken a different turn if the Justice Department's findings of the Ferguson Police Department had been released before the jury deliberated on the case. Outspread racism and the unnecessary targeting of minorities within the department has shown a definite bias towards people of color so my final question will be, did Darren Wilson walk free after committing a murder? A scary thought isn't it but then again that's putting it mildly!

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Thelma Mueller is a writer residing in Germany but has lived in Asia and America for many years. She writes for an international online magazine daily and has published short stories, a children's book and is currently working on a novel. Her (more...)

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