Walter Scott's Death Mourned by Isaiah Washington, Janelle Monae, Joss Whedon and More
A South Carolina police officer has been charged for murder in the unarmed man's death, which was videotaped.
A South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man on Saturday, and celebrities including Isaiah Washington, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, Joss Whedon and more have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Walter Scott.
In addition to the swift murder charge against Officer Michael T. Slager, what makes this case different from the controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is the fact that the entire incident was caught on cell phone video — including the officer allegedly dropping a taser near Scott's body to make it look like he had a weapon. The video was obtained and posted by The New York Times. Eric Garner's death at the hands of a New York police officer last year was also videotaped, but — as in Ferguson — the grand jury decided not to press charges in that case.
See below for celebrity reactions:
Once again..... #WalterScott— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) April 8, 2015
#WalterScott. Please God, help people find their way to humanity.— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) April 8, 2015
You look at the #WalterScott video & think it shows something other than the wrongful murder of a fleeing man? What is wrong with your eyes?— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) April 8, 2015
You look at the #WalterScott video & give money to the officer who gunned him down? What is wrong with your heart?— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) April 8, 2015
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com