[ View the story "Keeping an eye on US police" on Storify] Keeping an eye on US police What is the best way to monitor police conduct in the United States?
The Stream· Tue, Apr 14 2015 16:36:25
of an unarmed, 50-year-old black man by a white police officer in the US state of South Carolina has reignited the discussion about police conduct and excessive
use of force
. Walter Scott
following an altercation in which he was shot at eight times by Officer Michael Slager. The incident, caught on video by a
, sparked outrage and
online, with many people expressing concerns about police
The video below contains graphic content.
Walter Scott shootingThe Post and Courier
whether or not the use of body cameras by police could have
the deaths of Scott and others. Approximately
of state and local law enforcement agencies in the US use
. In California, the Rialto Police Department had a 60 per cent decline in the use of force and
an 88 per cent decline in complaints against police officers.
Don't use #WalterScott as the chance to talk about police body cameras. Remember #JasonHarrison in Dallas? Body cameras r not solution.Linda Sarsour
Forget cops wearing body cameras. WE should be wearing cameras on our chests & backs. If it's not on video it didn't happen #WalterScottRaqiyah Mays
Citing the deaths of
, many also wondered about the role race might play when police officials attempt to apprehend
. Lethal force is still used disproportionately against blacks. A Pro Publica
of federal data found that of all police homicides between 1980 and 2012, approximately 44 per cent of those killed were white.
Don't let the calls 4 more cameras fool you. The police execution of #WalterScott is an indictment of the entire American (in)justice systemRania Khalek
In the video below, protesters chant "No Justice! No Peace" at a demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina.
Walter Scott Protest, North Charleston City HallOZuMQljHgoiuZxbl-XH2iw
#WalterScott #MichaelBrown #EricHarris #EricGarner #ShutDownA14 #PoliceMurder #PoliceState #Repost @next_oldschoolspabg
Still, others sympathised with police officials, citing the difficulties inherent to the profession.
I believe that cops are here to protect all of us. I believe in #FilmThePolice, because there should be nothing to hide.Jill Benson
I hate it when people complain about the police. They do a hard job and are probably underpaid they try their hardest for us.Victoria
Officer Michael Slager's deplorable actions has put ALL other officer in harms way. Police job is hard enuff w/o this. I -- for police safetyEric Edlund
A moment to honor recent fallen officers. Police brutality effects the safety of good officers & takes away the respect that should be givenAudriana
The Stream asked, "The number of unarmed black men killed by police in the US continues to increase. What would end this trend?"
@AJStream racism is deeply institutionalised - when the system is corrupt, these issues will continue and rise. #changethesystemJeba Noor
@AJStream Implement a nationwide policy that officers who have shot UNARMED individuals are deemed unfit for duty PERMANENTLY.Pieter
What impact will the Walter Scott shooting have on the conduct of US police officers?
@AJStream They will be much more careful to shoot people in the back only when they are sure no cameras are around.Lawrence
@raisazaidi @wordbeeps One way would be to stop propagating the myth that it’s police and “civilians”. Police ARE civilians.Alan Hearnshaw