In response to the deadly police shooting of Walter Scott, TIME magazine dedicated their cover to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Black Lives Matter: This Time The Charge Is Murder,” the cover reads, which also includes an image of Scott running and another of former cop Michael Slager pursuing him with a gun. The story was written by TIME editor-at-large David Von Drehle. The article basically tells Scott’s tragic story, which we’ve become quite familiar with over the past few days, but hopefully, it will help some people who have been trying to turn a blind eye to wake up and realize that officers are actually killing innocent people. An excerpt from the article reads:
“These bits of knowledge add up to something catalytic in America’s painful examination of the way black men are treated by law enforcement. What happened across the fence from that video camera was the thing in its ugliest form: a man running away, an officer in no apparent danger, an unrestrained use of force. After the man was down, the officer appeared to place something–perhaps the officer’s Taser–beside the dying body. When the video surfaced three days after the April 4 killing, Slager was arrested and charged with murder, a crime punishable in South Carolina by life in prison or the death penalty.
‘Where would we be without that video?’ attorney Justin Bamberg wondered on behalf of Scott’s family. The answer to that question is important. Before the video emerged, the killing of Walter Scott had occupied the same contested territory in which hundreds of other cases have languished and festered–famous cases, like the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and other cases that barely register in the police blotter. Slager told investigators that after he sought to question Scott about his brake light, the encounter somehow escalated. Scott, it was reported, had a warrant out for his arrest over delinquent child-support payments. The two men wrestled over Slager’s Taser, the officer said, and Slager felt threatened.
The routine encounter that gets out of hand, the abrupt escalation from questions to gunfire–the themes are so common that it’s hard to avoid two conclusions, which sit uncomfortably together in the American mind. First, that it must be scary to be a police officer in such circumstances. And second, that it is even more frightening–with an overlay of humiliation–to be the black man in the picture.”
Read the full interview here.