It seems to me the central question is what about Scott caused Slager's "fear" from a man who was obviously trying to get away from him. Scott didn't attack Slager; he ran away. Whatever caused the altercation and whatever happened during it, was due to Scott's not wanting to deal with Slager. When the shots were fired, he was 18 feet away. I am not one to yell "racist" at every opportunity, but whether or not Slager was even aware of it, if you are honest you have to ask how much Scott' being Black contributed to Slager's "fear" for his life. t is almost impossible to deny the racial elements in the case.
It would help if some of you actually read the article before posting stupid comments. They aren't banning anything, simply asking the state to consider it. NiteGoat, don't know what Constitution you're thinking about but the one I consult pretty regularly guarantees "the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances". Nowhere does it say local government is not "the people". I can assure you I am greatly agggrieved by people walking around in public, including bars where they might be expected to drink alcohol, with any kind of weapon they want any time and appreciate my elected representative petitioning the state government on my behalf.
CIACulinaryKid, we have excellent data on all these things. Political will to act on them is an entirely different matter.
All three public housing authorities in the area (City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and Charleston County) have Housing Choice Vouchers available now. We are having trouble using them because most rental units can be filled by people willing and able to pay more than our vouchers, which are about 110% of "fair market value." The cost of housing is too high and only government can impact that. I'm not sure Mr. Green's solution is the right one or the only one, but it is clear to me that government has to be involved. We simply can't leave this to those trying to wring the highest dollar possible out of every resident.
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