On the day after shocking video footage showed a South Carolina police officer killing 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away, activists in the city of North Charleston gathered to push local officials into action.
“One brother gunned down—eight shots in the back, with a Taser attached to his leg, running away with the fear of his life,” Muhiyidin D’Baha, an activist with a local Black Lives Matter group, shouted to the crowd. “And was that fear justified? That was a justifiable fear.”
“So the next time that somebody’s running from the police, maybe we should think, is that a justifiable case right there?” he shouted. “They’re running from the police? I wonder why.”
At a community meeting that night, mayor Keith Summey announced that he had ordered a body camera for every uniformed officer on the street in North Charleston. Activists supported the move, but the person they really wanted to hear from—the chief of police—was mostly silent. “The mayor gotta go,” the crowd shouted.
Video by Adam Booher