During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Geraldo Rivera defended the the South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed unarmed black man in the back.
According to Rivera, the officer’s “blood was boiling” and that should be taken into account when deciding on his charge.
Rivera, who once accused slain teen Trayvon Martin of being partially responsible for his own death because he wore a hoodie, Rivera, who once accused slain teen Trayvon Martin of being partially responsible for his own death because he wore a hoodie, Officer Michael Slager’s pulling over of Walter Scott became problematic after Scott began “acting very hinky and edgy.” Rivera encouraged people not to take video of Scott being shot in the back multiple times as an indication of the officer’s intent.
“You don’t see, but there is reliable, I think, eyewitness account that there is then a struggle after the Taser. So, up until that point, the cop with his adrenaline pumping, now he’s been in a physical tussle, and now the perpetrator has reached for the Taser allegedly. Now it gives you the context of his blood boiling, ” Geraldo explained. ” [Slager] has done everything professional and now he’s had this, this civilian has dared to physically have this altercation with the officer. Put that in the officer’s head now. I think it saves him from the murder rap.”
Rivera told host Elizabeth Hasselback that it is “horrible” that Scott was shot in the back, but it’s still not murder.
“Elizabeth, that is an excellent point,” Rivera explained. “This is a horrible, horrible shooting, but there was no premeditation, this is manslaughter. I believe this is manslaughter and, were I the officer’s attorney, I would begin negotiations for that plea immediately.”
Source: Your Black World