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Officer Slager's Defence

Submitted by Janine on Thu, 09/04/2015 - 10:34

On 4 April 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael T Slager shot dead 50-year-old black man Walter T Scott. He is to be charged with murder.

Officer Michael T Slager, how do you plead to the charge of the murder of Walter L Scott?

I plead not guilty
On the grounds that it is well-established
That it is lawful for a white cop to kill a black person

I plead not guilty
On the grounds of provocation
He was black in a public place
How is a responsible officer supposed to react?!

I plead not guilty
On the grounds that he was running away
And therefore obviously guilty
Of having a broken tail-light

I plead not guilty
On the grounds of self-defence
As a white cop, I believed him to be black and threatening
I had to protect myself

I plead not guilty
Under the 'stand your ground' law
I stood my ground
And shot him eight times

I plead not guilty
Not on the grounds of 
Temporary insanity
But of permanent inhumanity

I plead not guilty
On the grounds that it is well-established
That it is lawful for a white cop to kill a black person
I cite the following case law:

Officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner, New York City - no charge
Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, Ferguson - no charge
Two officers shot and killed Gabriella Nevaraz, Sacramento - no charge
I rest my case

The defendant shall rise
Officer Michael T. Slager, your plea is rejected on the grounds that 
Although it is indeed lawful for a white cop to kill a black person
It is a crime to be filmed doing so
Guilty. Of murder. And extreme carelessness.

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