It’s happened again – an unarmed Black man, Walter Scott, was shot in the back 8 times by a White police officer, Michael Slager. Slager then planted a taser next to Scott’s body and then claimed he fired in self-defense.
Thankfully, given the clear evidence from the video taken of the scene, Slager has been charged with murder.
But what about all the many other times Black and Brown people have said police used unnecessary force against them and there wasn’t a video? What about all the people who say police brutality is wrong but feel these individual cases aren’t about racism and are just an issue of a few bad cops?
Rather than going in circles with the same debates, we need to put some harmful, widely-believed myths to rest in order to give justice to Walter Scott and the many other lives lost to police violence.
Only when we can acknowledge the reality behind these police killings can we begin to hold police accountable to the law and have them actually serve and protect everyone – including Black and Brown people.
So here’s the top myths about policy brutality and the truth.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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Marina Watanabe is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism and a vlogger, blogger, overenthusiastic tweeter, college student, and creator of embarrassing literary tees. Her passions include putting off responsibilities and being sarcastic on all social media platforms. She is majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Communications at Sacramento State and hopes to continue using social media as a tool to discuss and raise awareness for feminist and social justice issues. She also runs a Tumblr called Everyday Harassment that serves as a safe space for women to share their stories and educate others on the nature and frequency of sexual harassment. Check out her Tumblr, or follow her on Twitter @marinashutup!
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