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Black lives don’t matter – and neither does video!

December 7, 2016

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The trial of the killer cop who shot an unarmed Black man (named Walter Scott) is off. Hung jury.

If the videotaped killing of Scott wasn’t shock enough, the hung jury certainly suffices. The images are, to say the least, chilling.

Killer cop Michael Slager, 33, calmly shoots at a fleeing Walter Scott, 50.

Killer cop Michael Slager, 33, calmly shoots at a fleeing Walter Scott, 50.

A nonchalant Slager stands over the body of Walter Scott, the man he just murdered.

A nonchalant Slager stands over the body of Walter Scott, the man he just murdered.

A middle-aged Black man is seen fleeing in terror from a calm, younger white man. The runner appears to be one unaccustomed to running easily, yet he is running, away from the calm-faced white man wearing a dark uniform.

The white man pulls a weapon, aims and fires, shot after shot, after shot, after shot. Eight shots in all. A Black man, clad in a bright green shirt, crumbles to the green earth and breathes his last. The white cop calmly bends over and picks up a dark object with wires hanging from it, walks back to the body and drops it nearby. He looks as if he’s strolling on a beach in the Bahamas, with not a care in the world.

Walter Scott

Walter Scott

But video, apparently, wasn’t enough, at least to one of the jurors hearing the case, who refused to convict ex-cop Michael Slager of the killing.

The murder of Walter Scott, caught on tape, proves, if proof were needed, that Black lives don’t matter, at least for that juror. And guess what? Apparently, videotape doesn’t matter – when a Black person gets killed by a white cop.

Remember when MOVE member, Delbert Africa, unarmed – his upper body bare! – was beaten, punched, kicked and stomped by several Philadelphia cops? A white judge dismissed the video evidence of his beating and acquitted three cops.

The beating of Rodney King, on tape, by LAPD – remember? A predominantly white jury ignored the video and acquitted the cops.

The murder of Walter Scott, caught on tape, proves, if proof were needed, that Black lives don’t matter, at least for that juror. And guess what? Apparently, videotape doesn’t matter – when a Black person gets killed by a white cop.

The Black Lives Matter movement exists because, well, Black lives don’t matter.

Even if the taking of those lives is shown on videotape.

© Copyright 2016 Mumia Abu-Jamal. Keep updated at www.freemumia.com. His new book is “Writing on the Wall,” edited by Joanna Hernandez. For Mumia’s commentaries, visit www.prisonradio.org. Encourage the media to publish and broadcast Mumia’s commentaries and interviews. Send our brotha some love and light: Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, SCI-Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932.

5 thoughts on “Black lives don’t matter – and neither does video!

  1. Blake Crawford

    He shouldnt have been running. Im so sick of this bullshit. CRIMINAL LIVES DONT GOD DAMN MATTER. Learn to obey the fucking law unstead of calling it racist that you get arrested for doing crimes and shot for resisting arrest.

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    1. GetBack2Black!!!

      GOD KNOWS IT WAS A RACIST ACT BEING COMMITTED CONSTANTLY IN THIS NATION UNDER SATAN!!!
      #THATCRACKKKERWITHABADGE WOULDN'T HAVE SHOT DOWN AN UNARMED WHITE MAN LIKE THAT!!! HE COMMITTED A HATE CRIME BUT BECAUSE HE'S WAS WEARING A BADGE HE GOT AWAY WITH IT! AS KAP HAS POINTED OUT A COP THAT MIGHT HAVE SOME DECENCY IN HIM MIGHT PAY THE PRICE FOR THIS AMERIKKKAN KKKOP!!!

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  2. richard greene

    Hey Blake, knuckle dragging misogynist xenophobe racist Herr Drumpf voter and K.K.K. member i would love to hear what you have said if this were a blonde haired blue eyed white guy running from an African American cop for not paying child support you'd howl as the less than human you are for his head on a pole…. and get it!.. in your racist narrow mind the police .. well just as long as he is a white officer he is god, running from him a criminal in blue with a license to kill is a death sentence?? Apparently the murdered man's assessment of this T.H.U.G with a badge to slay for any petty reason was correct he just was not fast enough. What ever became of protecting and serving the general public you and took an oath put your right hand on a bible to do so you ass hole. This brutally murdered mans tax dollars paid your salary. I am pleased as punch a punk and online coward as you is not a police officer it's egregious you simply do not have the compassion mental capacity or diligence to perform said duties. But what should we expect from a hating dinosaur who should be in an urn your hateful life style is obsolete you can't learn having nothing positive to contribute to this society your in agony why not end it all? And if you area police officer kindly put you real name up online source of employment so we can have you fired for you are not fit to protect and serve the general public!

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  3. GetBack2Black!!!

    HI, Mumia!!! Only recently saw that you were connected to MOVE. THIS IS such an Ungodly Country to keep letting these White Demons go free!!! To recall the words of Rap Brown:
    AmeriKKKa never did come around!!!
    So GOD Almighty might Burn It Down!!!

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