What are the odds, a fortuitous video from a chance bystander versus police guns and systemic racism? Finally, a police murder of an unarmed black man is captured in full film detail: a man running, shot in the back, a gun fired eight times, the victim handcuffed on the ground while bleeding to death, a cool killer walking away to get an object (possibly a taser gun) that he then dropped near the victim.
What was in the killer’s mind? After all, he had to know about Ferguson, to which his city of North Charleston, S.C., bears a striking similarity: an 80% white police force in a majority black community. That’s pretty much the norm in communities of color across the country. Given past history (and current reality), he didn’t have to worry much about the odds. He appeared remarkably composed as he followed a scenario that seemed almost routine.