What's missing is what happens from the time the two men run out of the frame of dashboard video to the time picked up in a bystander's cellphone video a few hundred yards away. The cellphone footage starts with Scott getting to his feet and running away, then Slager firing eight shots at the man's back.Zandar wrote:
"It is possible for something to happen in that gap to significantly raise the officer's perception of risk," Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina.
All Slager has to do in order to walk is testify that Scott tried to attack him during the period Scott ran from the traffic stop until the cell phone video opens, and that he feared for his life.Zandar wrote that on Friday. Also on Friday, we learned this:
No jury will convict him. Not in the murder of a black man, because black men are vermin to be exterminated and shot in the back. We don't count as human, you see.
Slager will lie, and he will walk. And he'll quietly be hired back as a police officer somewhere.
And Walter Scott will be dead because he was black.
Some of what Gwen Nichols saw on the day Walter Scott was shot and killed by a former North Charleston Police Officer, fills in the gap between the dash cam of a routine traffic stop and the cell phone video of the shooting.Is that enough to acquit Slager? Maybe, maybe not. But if that isn't, this bit of who-knows-how-accurate amateur sleuthing by a Breitbart-loving blogger probably lays out the way the right is going to create reasonable doubt for Slager.
Nichols says she could see a struggle between Scott and then Officer Slager from the corner of the Advance Auto Parts.
“Before what you saw on that video tape, there was like a little tussle over there at the end of that gate down there,' Nichols explained.
She didn't see them on the ground.
“It wasn't on the ground rolling. It was like a tussle like, ‘what do you want?' or ‘what did I do?' type of thing.”
With alarms sounding all around her, as other officers responded to the scene, she didn't get too close....
The post I've linked includes a video purporting to sync up what we've seen via dashcam and cellphone with the police dispatcher's audio. We're told:
The sync’d video IS BRILLIANT and shows the length of time in the chase, confrontation, physical struggle between Officer Slager and Walter Scott, and the first aid administered by the responding officers.And we get a map:
... this was not a short fight prior to Officer Slager using his firearm to shoot Walter Scott.
But wait, there's more:
What is potentially a game changer occurs when you review Officer Slager stating he had lost control/custody of the x26 Taser he deployed to restrain a non compliant Scott -- and recognize the Taser actually appears to have been used against him.You can read the post for the details, and you can decide for yourself whether it makes any sense. What matters is that this theory is already being retransmitted by such right-wing blogs as Gateway Pundit -- which, yes, is run by someone lefties like to call the Stupidest Man on the Internet, but which is also extremely well connected to the right-wing media infrastructure, including Fox News. Reasonable doubt won't take long to develop, and soon, on the right, Walter Scott will be talked about on the right as an uncontrolled thug, the same way Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are. That ought to be enough to keep any jury with typical white heartlanders from convicting Slager. So, yeah, he'll probably walk.
At least one dart appears lodged in the upper torso, chest, shirt of Officer Slager.