Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Had It Not Been For a Video, South Carolina Cop Who Shot and Killed an Unarmed Black Man Who Was Running Away From Him, Wouldn't be Facing Murder Charges, He Would be on Paid Vacation

Officer Slager Shoots an unarmed Walter Scott as Scott is runnng away from him.

By Davy V.

A disturbing video shows a North Charleston, South Carolina cop shooting an unarmed black man 8 times, as the man was running away from the officer.

The man, 50-year old Walter Scott, was pronounced dead at the scene.

And now that cop, 33-year old Michael Slager, has been arrested and charged with murder.

The video, which was recorded by Feidin Santana, not only contradicts officer Slager's story that he "felt threatened" by Scott, but also appears to show that he attempted to plant evidence near Scott's body, in order to justify killing an unarmed man.

Officer Slager claimed that after he pulled Walter Scott over for a broken tail light, Scott tried to take his taser away from him, and that's when he shot him.

The video however shows the unarmed Scott running away from the officer, and doesn't show Scott trying to grab anything.

Officer Slager is then seen taking a shooting stance and firing 8 shots at Walter Scott's back, who is seen collapsing on the ground.

A few seconds later, officer Slager is seen dropping a black item, possibly a taser, next to Scott's body, then picking it up.

A clear attempt by officer Slager in order tp justify killing an unarmed man.

At a news conference, Mayor R. Keith Summeh didn't mince words.

"I can tell you that as a result of that video and the bad decision made by our officer he will be charged with murder and that's not something that we like to hear," Summey said.

Here's my thought.

Had this execution of an unarmed black man by a white police officer not been captured on video, not only wouldn't there be any murder charges against the cop, but he would be on a paid vacation.


In an eerie twist, new video from North Charleston, South Carolina Police officer Michael Slager's dash cam, shows that as Slager pulls Walter Scott over, Slager has music playing inside his police cruiser.

The song Slager is listening to is 'What It's Like", by Everlast, a former of the Hip Hop group House of Pain.

"What It's Like" talks about a man being shot and killed and his family being left to mourn.

Officer Slager hancuffs a dying Walter Scott 

Officer Slager drops black item on ground next to Walter Scott's body.

Innocent, Unarmed.

Walter Scott


Killer Cop. 

North Charleston, South Carolina Cop Michael Slager being arraigned.

A True Hero. 

Feidin Santana recorded shooting on his cellphone.

Feidin Santana Is A Hero!


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That's me on the right with my dad Mario Vara, and Judge Provenzano
when my dad became a U.S. citizen.

For the past 20 years my work has centered around exposing police misconduct and corruption.

Most recently, I exposed an Irondequoit, NY Police Detective, Jim Frascati, for posting disturbing racist posts on social media against African-Americans and Mexicans.

As a result of my exposing Detective Frascati right here on this blog, he was fired, and a 911 Deputy Director was suspended without pay after he also posted racist comments on Detective Frascati's original post.

As an activist, my goal is to put a spotlight on incidents which mainstream news media often ignores.

So why do I do this, you may ask?

Well, my story begins as the son of a Cuban immigrant, who left his homeland in search of a better life for his family.

And it's that story, my Dad's story, which I want to tell through my film, "A Promise to My Dad."

But I can't do it alone.

I need your help.

'A Promise To My Dad' is a documentary film about a promise I made to my father at his wake, after my father committed suicide.

The short film explores the life of my dad, Mario Vara  as he leaves Cuba with my mom and older brother in 1968, in search of freedom and a better life for our family.

After moving the family to Rochester, NY, my father realizes that despite the promises of freedom and liberty that a life in America can bring, the harsh reality is that there are many injustices as well.

In fact, my dad would soon face very similar 'police state' tactics, as the ones he escaped his homeland for in the first place.

"A Promise to My Dad" highlights an incident in the 1980's, when Rochester Police officers Mark Mariano and Randall Benjamin kicked down the family's door, illegally entering our home, terrorizing me and my family at gunpoint.

As a result of that incident, my dad becomes outspoken against police abuse and misconduct.

Unlike many Americans who take their rights for granted, my dad took a stand to denounce law enforcement violating U.S. citizen's civil rights.

Having lived a communist dictatorship, my dad knew all too well what it was like to live in a totalitarian police state, where simply expressing one's dislike for Castro and his government could land you in prison.

My dad was passionate in his denouncement of rogue cops abusing and violating citizen's civil rights in the U.S.

As a teen, I would tag  along with my dad accompanying him to community meetings, rallies, and marches where he, along with other citizens demanded accountability from those whose job is to serve and protect, as well as the elected officials whose job it is to keep them in check.

'A Promise To My Dad' features me telling my dad's story, including talking about my father's depression and how it led to him committing suicide in 1993, after the Rochester, NY Police Department targeted my father through a series of selective harassment and intimidation tactics. 

'A Promise to My Dad' follows me as I struggle to keep the promise I made to my dad, to continue his work against police misconduct and corruption, while at the same time trying to find my own identity as a young man, then as a father myself.

Throughout the film I will talk about my own struggles with depression, my father's suicide, and the effects that my work has brought to me and my family, including my children being stalked and receiving death threats.

One example of this came in August of 2014, when an ex-con who is known to work with Rochester Police as a paid confidential informant (C.I.) was captured on a store's surveillance video threatening to murder, and decapitate my 5-year old daughter.

Despite the video clearly showing the individual threatening to kill and decapitate an innocent child, Rochester Police and the Monroe County, NY District Attorney's office, including D.A. Sandra Doorley, refused to charge the individual.

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