There is an outcry from American citizens for police to start wearing body cameras while on duty. This measure is seen as a way to make police more accountable for their actions. If policemen’s every move is filmed, incidents of excessive force and brutality will be more clear. An example of how the police filming themselves is beneficial recently happened at a Columbus, SC gas station. Yesterday afternoon, a South Carolina High Patrol officer was caught on film shooting an unarmed man in a gas station parking lot. Instead of witnesses filming the incident, the whole ordeal was caught on the patrolman’s dash cam.
The video released yesterday shows a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer pulling up behind a Black man standing outside of his car. Immediately, the officer asks the man for his license. The man obliges and turns nervously to go into the car to retrieve it. All of a sudden the police officer explodes in panic and yells for the man to get out of the car. Before the man can react, the officers runs around shooting four shots. After the man drops from apparently being shot in the leg, the officer yells for him to get on the ground.
As the confused, surprisingly composed (considering he’d just been shot at four times at close range) man explains that he was just following the officer’s directions, the officer tells him he was alarmed when he “dove headfirst” into his car. The man tells the officer, “I didn’t hear two words,” as he writhed in pain on the ground.
Unlike Ferguson killer cop, Darren Wilson, the police officer called in the incident. The brutalized man wailed, “Why was I shot?” The officer goes on to notify him that he’d been pulled over for a supposed “seat belt violation.” The man tells the officer that he pulled the seat belt off as he pulled into the gas station.
It is still unknown what will come of this, but the entire thing was caught on the dash cam. Will this highway patrol have to shell out a big settlement like the California Highway Patrol in the case of Marlene Pinnock? View it below: