Thursday, April 09, 2015

Step-by-Step

By now I'm sure you're aware of the video that emerged a few days ago showing South Carolina police officer Michael Slager unloading several bullets into an unarmed man running away from him. While Slager is currently in jail on a murder rap, it's safe to say that if not for the video he'd be in the clear, and his victim, fifty-five year old Walter Scott, would be pegged as the instigator. Beyond the horrifying nature of this whole thing, what's so disconcerting is the clinical precision with which the whole thing appeared to go down, from shooting to attempted cover-up. To that end, Aurin Squire over at Talking Points Memo goes down the various steps in what appears to be a practiced process for dirty cops to obscure their bad behavior.

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