Pitt Law Professor David Harris Comments To New York Times and Washington Post On Police Murder Charge In Walter Scott Shooting
Newly uncovered video showed North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager shooting a fleeing 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back. Slager has now been charged with murder. Pitt Law Professor David Harris, an expert on police accountability, provided commentary to The New York Times and The Washington Post on the Walter Scott shooting and its context within a tumultuous year of police using excessive lethal force in questionable circumstances.
Harris said to The New York Times in Video of Walter Scott Shooting Reignites Debate on Police Tactics, "The ability to record has gotten so prevalent that police can no longer count on their account to be the truth."
For The Washington Post in In North Charleston, Urgent Promises of Change to Avoid 'Another Ferguson' Harris said, “I think we’ve all seen what happened when you seem to have clear facts and the authorities don’t move for a long time. It’s not good for anybody. That’s the lesson of places like Ferguson.”