Unarmed Grandfather Shot And Killed At His Own Home Over Minor Traffic Violation
Yes, yet another case of trigger-happy officers gunning down unarmed Black men. Via DailyMail:
The killing of a unarmed black great-grandfather by a white police officer who shot him through his car door in the driveway of his own home is causing outrage in South Carolina.
The fury grew again when prosecutors announced earlier this month that a grand jury in had handed down charges against North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven, 25 – but that he faces only a misdemeanor ‘misconduct in office.’
According to police reports, 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite refused to pull over when Craven spotted him making a traffic violation in North Augusta on February 9. He led Craven and other officers on a nine-mile low-speed chase to his home in the next county.
When Satterwhite finally stopped – in his own driveway – Craven ran up and fired several shots into the car door, fatally wounding him. Satterwhite’s door was still locked.
Investigators determined that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven broke the law. A prosecutor, in a rare action against a police officer, sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed, indicting him on a misdemeanor.
Experts say it’s the first time an officer was charged in a fatal shooting in roughly a decade. But the grand jury opted for ‘misconduct in office,’ a charge used for sheriffs who make inmates do their personal work, or officers who ask for bribes. Their single-page indictment, returned in August, contains no details other than accusing Craven of ‘using excessive force and failing to follow and use proper procedures.’
Black leaders were astonished that an officially unjustified shooting of an unarmed man should merit such a light charge.
‘It diminishes the nature of the violation — of the death. This man’s life is only worth a misdemeanor?’ said state Representative Joe Neal, a Democrat who has spent decades speaking out against racism in law enforcement and demanding accountability through data and police cameras.
Satterwhite, who worked for years as a mechanic, liked to fish and was remembered by his family as a laid-back man who kept to himself, left behind six children, 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Taking a Black man’s life is just as minor as shoplifting now??? SMH!