Allen West Says Justice System Worked So Stop All The Fuss About Walter Scott Killing

Allen West

Former Florida Congressman Allen West wasted no time weighing in on the police officer execution of African-American Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Of course unlike most African-Americans, West is not as outraged by the shooting itself, as he is by the media drawing attention to the killing. West’s blog entry on his web page for April 9, 2015 begins with the sentence:

You just have to wonder how long the media and black activists will try and milk this one in a case where the justice system clearly worked.

His takeaway from the whole brutal incident is “the justice system clearly worked”.

Of course, West overlooks the fact that had it not been for a brave bystander surreptitiously capturing the incident on cell phone video, the system wouldn’t have worked at all.

Prior to the footage of the shooting surfacing, the official narrative was that Scott had fought with the officer and that the shooting was an act of self-defense. This is evident in original media accounts of the incident, such as this article from the April 4th edition of Charleston’s local newspaper, The Post and Courier:

A statement released by North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said a man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him.

That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer.

The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him, police alleged.

Contrary to West’s assertion, the system was not working towards justice, it was working to push a false story to justify the police execution of a motorist, who posed no threat to the officer who shot him. The police department even lied about trying to revive Walter Scott.

The system failed Walter Scott. An officer was able to murder him in cold blood. Had the execution of Walter Scott not been captured on camera by a witness, there is little doubt that the “official version” of how the incident unfolded would have prevented the officer from even facing charges.

The system itself failed miserably, but what did not fail is the power of the citizen observer armed with a camera to capture the truth. Police departments have a bias towards protecting officers who exercise lethal force, even if their actions are unjustified. Juries have a bias towards believing the words of a police officer over the unspoken words of the victim.  For the victim, forever silenced by bullets, is unable to render his account of the story. The camera, however, only has a bias towards the truth.

The problem for Allen West is that the murder of Walter Scott validates a truth that West is uncomfortable confronting. That truth is that the American justice system is not color blind and that police brutality against people of color is all too often excused or pushed under the rug. The North Charleston incident isn’t an isolated case; it just happens to be a case that was caught on camera.

For Allen West, this is very inconvenient. West, after all, is a man who has made a political career out of carving out his niche, by defending the system. In the process, he routinely throws fellow African-Americans under the bus by contemptuously dismissing their concerns. West is so enthralled with defending the American criminal justice system that he can’t even acknowledge the failure of that system even when it is patently obvious.  This is one of those times.

However, rather than offering sustained criticism acknowledging police misconduct, West instead chastises the media for fussing about another police shooting. In West’s mind, the system works fine as long as he isn’t the black man being shot. This even comes through on his blog, when he writes:

I am 54 and the death of Walter Scott serves to remind me once again just how blessed I have been in life.

Lucky you.

West concludes by saying “and all lives matter”, but his dismissive approach to Walter Scott’s execution suggests that in Allen West’s mind, the only black life that really matters is his own.

36 Replies to “Allen West Says Justice System Worked So Stop All The Fuss About Walter Scott Killing”

  1. Allen West: no matter how much you try to ingratiate yourself with racist white conservative males, you are merely a blah person and will never be anything more than a blah person to them.

    Even if you did prove your manliness and patriotism to them by holding a gun to an innocent Iraqi’s head and making him think he was going to die.

  2. It must Bizzaro world to them. How else can you explain his viewpoint of ‘Well, the “thug” is dead. Justice was served. Leave the white officer alone you evul libruls!’

  3. I hope this Uncle Tom MFer gets profiled, pulled over and harassed driving while black. I wonder if he would change his tune then.

  4. I don’t wish ill will or death for anyone but if this house negro ended up on the wrong side of a police officers gun I would have myself a drink with a coke and a smile

  5. Oddly enough, I was wondering this week where this dingbat was hiding since he hasn’t been speaking out on any issue lately.

  6. I am seriously wondering how much this clown is being paid to make these ludicrous statements. He is a disgrace and just does not understand that these folk do not like him. Uncle Allen,YOU serve no purpose but a mouthpiece for them and doesn’t realize that they despise him. He is such an embarrassment!!! Shameful creature.

  7. The next time you shave your face, Mr. West, you’re going to see the same damned thing as the last time you shaved your face.

    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave
    When first we practise to deceive…”

    –Walter Scott

  8. If the ‘Justice System’ worked, why is an innocent unarmed man dead ?

    That’s akin to the expression “the operation was a success, but the patient died”.

  9. The offender runs off because of his child payments not being paid
    A round of angry bullets certainly made that now impossible
    The bullet man will be a burden on the state
    The bullet man’s wife and children will now be a burden on the state welfare
    The dead man’s living wife and children will also be a burden on the welfare state

  10. Why does this freak continue to get press? He is a failed former congressman who was booted out of office. His opinions are irrelevant, and were rejected by his former constituents. He was also booted out of the service for ineptitude and irrational command decisions.

  11. Quiet as it’s keep, allen west BEGGED Quentin Tarantino to play the role of STEPHEN in the movie DJANGO UNLEASHED!! because allen didn’t need ANY makeup and didn’t need ANY acting lessons, he’d just play himself!! allen west makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X!! ok OK! I stole that one from Paul Mooney, but you get my point! See republicans LOOOOOOVE negro’s like west because this joker will tow the water for MASSA on the SUN! see white republicans need negro’s like west because having him eases their typically racist rants! See republicans use TOOLS like west and as long as he shines their boots, he’s useful but guess what? once you leave the GOP plantation mr black republican, you’re just another ”thug NIGGER” to the GOP, just ask COLIN POWELL, republicans was BEGGING COLIN to run for president about 12 yrs ago, and now? COLIN’s face is on the back of a MILK CARTON now.

  12. I totally disagree with you, of course he’s dead but his ex wife and child are NOT going to be on WELFARE,, A- how do YOU know her financial status? B- whether she’s a full time employed worker or a welfare recipient, as you asserted, she’s going to get a lawyer and SUE the stars off that FILTHY WORTHLESS confederate flag those mouth breathers in south carolina love to fly!! BTW No offense but are you a RIGHT WINGER? because you sure jumped on that WELFARE, and state burden BULL$HIT mighty quickly there sparky!

  13. A lot of people here are calling West, in effect, a disgrace to his race. As a white man, I just want to say he is a disgrace to the human race.

  14. There you go again Allen West with another twisted and unnecessary statement! As always, your words are empty, meaningless, dangerous and just plain stupid!

    Also I read the statement released by the North Charleston police spokesman Spencer.

    Where and when was the “altercation”? …All lies to cover the officer? It looked like the officer placed the taser next to the victim’s body after he killed him.

    “…A statement released by North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said a man ran on foot from the traffic stop and an officer deployed his department-issued Taser in an attempt to stop him.

    “That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer.

    “The officer then resorted to his service weapon and shot him, police alleged…”

    Thank goodness and the person for the video.

  15. I see this everyday, the media deliberately gives air time to a$$holes. The media is on nobody’s side but the highest bidder.

  16. That is why Allen West lost the election last time….People could see this guy is nothing short of a raving lunatic….Nothing more funny than a black man posing as and wanting to be white and a GOP….It just dosent mix if you are nuts. Just like a gay republican it just doesn’t add up….Its just like a Jew wanting to be a NAZI.

  17. Perhaps we are looking at this from a mistaken yet well meaning perspective in supporting race understanding and equality. Every race in this melting pot of a nation has been at one time and some still, a focus for discrimination and reason for the nation’s ills. Allen West may simply be a black man who has for whatever reason(s) cloaked himself in a Conservative mantle even though that political stance is detrimental to his race’s best interest. As I said before we all have been the object of scorn except for ONE segment of our national population! And that segment are WASP’S White Anglo Saxon Protestants yet THEY claim to be the ONLY ones who are being persecuted by the rest of us even though our skin tone may be of the same hue. Worse yet if it is darker. The Reich Wing IS comprised of over 90% WASP. It is THEY who are what is wrong with Mr. West.

  18. Speaking as a African American man, allen west is a Uncle Tom war criminal and as a disgrace! There is a place in hell reserved for black people who sign on for white supremacy!

  19. Interactive map: US police have killed at least 5,600 people since 2000
    http://www.vox.com/2014/12/17/7408455/police-shootings-map

    It’s important to note that thte 5,600 number is an estimate, and a lower bound at that:

    D. Brian Burghart, head of Fatal Encounters, estimates that his organization’s collection of reports from the public, media, and FBI only captures about 35 percent of total police killings.

    In the same period (actually, 2001- April, 2015) US deaths-in-action in Iraq and Afghanistan total 5374. Saddam and his army, the Taliban, ISIL and all the rest have killed, at a minimum, ~two hundred fewer Americans than our domestic police.

    Make of that what you will.

  20. Well the military justice system worked for Allan West. Instead of spending the rest of his life in military prison for murder he was allowed to retire and run for Congress. If West had been an enlisted soldier instead of an officer he would have been court martialed and locked up.

    If everyone was a mid level military officer the justice system would work just fine.

  21. “That did not work, police said, and an altercation ensued as the men struggled over the device. Police allege that during the struggle the man gained control of the Taser and attempted to use it against the officer.”
    That’s what appeared to be the case when I looked at the second of several still photo’s taken by the bystander on the other side of the CL fence, published in my latest “Time Magazine”. The officer appeared to be struggling hand to hand with Walter Scott. The picture was not clear enough to see if there was a taser that was being gripped by both simultaneously. The next pic had Scott running away from the scene.

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