Thursday, April 09, 2015
Dash Cam Video
You can watch the dash cam video here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/09/us/south-carolina-police-shooting/ I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this video actually helps the officer. While he may be legally wrong for shooting Walter in the back, this video opens up a lot about the totality of the situation: 1) Walter was stopped for an out tail light. 2) Michael approaches the car while not even covering his weapon. This indicates that at that point he did not consider Walter to be a threat. 3) We then hear Walter say that he has no insurance, no license and no paperwork. He also seems to be saying that he planned on registering the car on Monday. Now any cop who pulls over a car for out tail lights and the driver says that the they don't have any paperwork, is going to think that the car is in fact stolen. 4) I speculated yesterday that the officer asked Walter whether he had warrants. We do NOT hear any such question. 5) Walter exits the vehicle in anticipation of there being an arrest. I don't hear or see where Michael finds there is an open warrant, but the totality of the circumstances would lead him to believe that he has a possible car theft suspect. This series of events makes for a very different narrative than "shot for child support" that is currently being pushed. The fact that a witness saw a scuffle also plays into the officer's favor in terms of a murder charge. So again, based on the information I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this officer is not found guilty of murder. I'll go further and predict that if there is a conviction it will be for criminally negligent homicide. I know that won't make me popular but that's how it goes.