New details are available in the Saturday morning officer involved shooting in North Charleston. The deceased has been identified by the P&C as 50 year old Walter Lamar Scott. The shooting occurred after Scott fled from a traffic stop at Remount Road and Craig Street. Authorities tell us a fight ensued between Scott and the officer. Scott is said to have gained control of the officer’s Taser, a weapon designed to incapacitate a person. We are told when Scott attempted to use that Taser on the officer he was shot. SLED is investigating the shooting.
We find it interesting that the P&C and other local news outlets who routinely refuse to give descriptive information having to do with race when they do stories on outstanding suspects, made it a point to tell their readers Walter Scott was black. They also eagerly included comments from family members to lead their readers to believe Scott was probably only picked out of traffic and stopped due to racial profiling because of the rims he had on his Mercedes.
Isn’t it strange how media outlets who accuse bloggers of irresponsibly publishing things with no evidence don’t mind doing just that when it suits their liberal agenda? Our pages are full of evidence. Let’s see the evidence the P&C has to back up the irresponsible claims they published in this case or dozens of others. Go ahead, we will wait.
After calling out the P&C on their usual tactics of trying to stir the pot we have to actually commend someone we have criticized in these pages on multiple occasions. James Johnson, who has a history of stirring the racial pot, actually did the sane and reasonable thing for a change when he encouraged folks to wait for the results of the SLED investigation into the shooting “before protesting”.
Our research on Walter Scott, who once served in the U.S. Coast Guard, revealed he is not the typical criminal type we see involved in these situations. He has no major arrests in the tri-county area. Scott has a number of arrests in recent years for Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Pay Child Support and one charge of Providing False Info to Police.
For those who are not aware, failure to pay child support often leads to the suspension of a drivers license. Once you start down that failure to pay road the full force of state government comes down on a man, making it even more difficult to pay that child support. We can leave that discussion for another day, though.
All of this begs the question, why would Walter Scott attempt to run from and then fight a police officer? Since we can’t ask him we can only speculate. Common sense tells us he may have had outstanding warrants for contempt of court for failure to pay child support or his license may have been suspended, or both.
If we are to understand Scott’s behavior we will have to wait for the final report to find out what his passenger had to say about Scott’s reason for fleeing and fighting the police.
For the idiots on social media we would like to point out one fact. When an unarmed man arms himself with a weapon forcibly taken from a police officer he is no longer unarmed. Using a Taser on a police officer can incapacitate that officer long enough for a suspect to gain control of the officer’s firearm. We pay our law enforcement officers to do what they can to keep the streets safe. We don’t pay them to give up and die.