In North Charleston, South Carolina, a policeman has been convicted for homicide. He allegedly shot and killed Walter L. Scott, an Afro-American aged 50, with whom had just had an argument over a street violation. He was caught in the action thanks to the camera filming recorded by a pedestrian passing by, who then sent them to the Scott’s family. New York Times managed to have access to the files, which it then published on its site.
The footage, shows clearly of how the agent repeatedly struck the man who was fleeing, till he collapsed to the ground in agony and died shortly after. The policeman in defence of his action, declaring that he had used the pistol as he feared he would be harmed. It seems in fact, that Scott had already attempted to grab the agent’s pistol.
The episode again focuses on US police behaviour towards Afro-American citizens and tension is high following months of protests after the Ferguson case, where an agent Darren Wilson, had shot dead the 18 year old coloured, Michael Brown last August. The case triggered off an uproar from the public who openly protested against the police. From widespread reports following the sensational case in Missouri, where it has emerged that the Afro-Americans are widely discriminated against by police.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati