In the wake of the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott, South Carolina congressman, James Clyburn is encouraging the young people of the nation to continue turning their cameras on to injustice.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Rep. Clayburn states that he is all for the videos captured by bystanders. “I’ve advised young people, keep your cell phones tuned up. Keep the battery charged. And don’t hesitate to turn them on when you see things happening that’s unbecoming or you think may cross the line.”
Walter Scott was shot eight times after a minor traffic stop by Officer Michael Slager. Slager claimed that Mr. Scott stole his Taser before he fired his weapon in self-defense. A video of the situation surfaced on Tuesday which revealed Scott running away, unarmed. Slager then planted the Taser next to Scott’s body. He has been fired and the FBI is investigating the incident.
“I think that we are going to have to do more of this, because I think that’s what it’s going to take for police officers to really think twice before pulling their weapons,” he said. “Why pull out your service revolver and start shooting? I mean, eight times? ”
Congressman Clyburn , a black man, is the House Assistant Democratic leader
“I think that a climate has been created in the country … I get nasty little letters telling me about playing the race card. Well, I’m not playing the race card. I think what is happening in too many of these instances, that these perpetrators are playing the race card. We’re just responding to what they’re doing.”