“Qualified immunity”: What cops and slave overseers have in common

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December 5, 2016
Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  
Posted in Commentary

"Michael Slager, the former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer killed an unarmed man and then attempted to frame the victim, will not be convicted of murder. Nor is he likely to be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Slager's jury deadlocked because a single member of the panel insisted that he could not 'in good conscience' vote to convict Slager of criminal homicide. This is not because the facts of the case are in dispute. Slager was captured on video fatally shooting unarmed, 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he fled a traffic stop, and then placing a Taser next to his fatally traumatized body. The critical issue for that juror, apparently, was whether Slager's state of mind as he committed these acts transmuted them from criminal homicide and obstruction of justice into an exercise of state-conferred authority protected by 'qualified immunity.'" (12/04/16)


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