The National Action Network has issued a statement in response to the death of another black man at the hands of law enforcement: Walter Scott.
The statement says the following:
Walter Scott was unarmed when he was killed by former North Charleston Officer Michael Slager on April 4, 2015.
After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the issue of police brutality has since been made central to a national movement with various components, varying from angry protest marches to nonviolent social and economic boycotts and economic justice initiatives.
Unlike other movements demanding economic justice, the movement for black lives is fundamentally driven by the point of view that black lives are directly impacted by state violence and police brutality, and therefore it is a movement that ends in the ultimate demand for justice.
As with the Michael Brown murder, there is no question that there is justice for Walter Scott’s life. Walter’s mother, Judy Scott, was awarded $7.2 million in the wrongful death suit against the city of North Charleston, South Carolina, brought in part by the wrongful death claim by her son’s death.
In 2017, the North Charleston police chief was fired and the former officer involved in the shooting was sentenced to 20 years in prison.