Michael Slager, the cop who shot unarmed civilian Walter Scott, was previously involved in a very surprising incident
. Early one morning in 2013, Slager banged on the door of a young black man named Mario Givens. Without giving a reason, Slager demanded entrance, and then barged inside.
Once inside, Slager told Givens to "come outside or I'll taze you." Givens put his arms up and Slager tazed him anyways. Then Slager and another cop dragged the young man off. Givens was charged with resisting arrest. Soon after, he was let go without explanation.
It is said that Givens was targeted because he had the same last name as someone accused of another (rather minor) crime, even though the two Givenses look nothing alike.
If this report is accurate, Slager should have been fired in 2013. One thing's for sure: That guy really, really likes his Taser.
The grim joke used to hold that "driving while black" was a crime. In too many parts of today's America, the crime is breathing
We should also note that the man who shot the video of Slager killing Scott, Feidin Santana
, considered erasing the evidence because he feared retribution. That's the kind of country we now live in.
There is, predictably, a support fund for Michael Slager. If the killing of Martin Luther King had happened in today's America, there would be a support fund for James Earl Ray. The people contributing to that fund would not
be conspiracy buffs convinced that someone else was the shooter. The contributors would be folks who wanted to send a message: "Attaboy, Jimmy!