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Tavis Smiley: What Officer Slager Did Was ‘Lazy Policing’

Tavis Smiley spoke with CNN’s Michael Smerconish this morning about the Walter Scott shooting. He was encouraged by how in this case, as opposed to others, the authorities acted really quickly.

He told Smerconish the dashcam video of Scott’s traffic stop brought tears to his eyes because he’s the same age as Scott and has been pulled over for similar issues. And while he couldn’t justify Scott running away, Smiley said no one could seriously justify the shooting.

He spoke of how Scott was stripped of “his humanity and his dignity” in his dying moments, and criticized the manner in which Officer Michael Slager conducted himself:

“This brother wasn’t Usain Bolt. He’s not an Olympian. He wasn’t running that fast… It’s sort of lazy policing for me, Michael, to pull out your gun and shoot somebody eight times rather than even attempt to go in a pursuit of him.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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