South Carolina Officer Charged with Murder in Black Man's Death I... have no words for this. I'm heartbroken. I've been near tears since I first heard this story. Two lives were ruined by this event: Walter Scott, who was unjustly murdered, and Michael Slager, the officer who will probably spend the rest of his life in jail. My main question is... With all the controversy right now with unarmed men being killed by the police, why would Slager not be more careful? Seriously. Use your fucking brain. What did you think would happen? You stage the scene, claim self defense, and hope it all goes away? It pisses me off. But it makes me so incredibly sad. If this officer had maybe just taken a second, a split second to consider his options, maybe, just maybe, Walter wouldn't be dead. It makes me wonder. What needs to be done to stop this from happening in the future. Police in the UK don't even carry guns. Does the US need to go that extreme? Or do they need to be trained to injure, not kill? Do they need to wear body cameras? I read somewhere during this research (can't find it now) that US police officers killed 1,192 people last year. Is it just me, or is that number too high? I'm just so sick of seeing these stories. I feel them so deeply, and it's physically draining on me. I don't care if he's a he or a she, if he's black, white, or orange, if he's a criminal or a saint. Police need to stop killing suspects. If they run, you chase them, you catch them, you charge them with resisting arrest. You don't shoot them in the fucking back. I'm just heartbroken... I'll be losing sleep on this tonight.