Guestlist

Issue 74

Monthly newspaper and online publication targeting 18 to 35 year olds. The ultimate guide to the hottest parties, going out and having fun. Music, fashion, film, travel, festivals, technology, comedy, and parties! London, Barcelona, Miami and Ibiza.

Issue link: http://read.uberflip.com/i/496948

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 4 of 47

Another unArmed blAck mAn shot in AmericA 7 5 Issue 74 / 2015 GUESTLIST guestlist.net A video has surfaced which clearly shows Slager fire eight shots into Scott's back as he runs away, before yelling for him to put his hands behind his back. Slager then handcuffs Scott as he lies motionless on the ground. According to Slager, in comments he made before the video became public, he feared for his life because Scott had taken his Taser from him. In the police radio recording, Slager states "Shot fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser." Although the video is shaky at the start, an object, probably the Taser, clearly falls to the ground as Scott begins to run away from Slager, who then pulls his gun out. After the shots are fired and Scott is on the ground, Slager goes back to pick an object up off the ground and drops it by Scott. The idea that Slager feared for his life is ludicrous. The moment Scott turns away to run he is no longer a threat to anyone, if he ever was, and indicates that he himself felt threatened. The excessive force and the suspicious movements of Slager following the shots make his claims even less credible. Scott, who had a minor criminal past – arrests for failure to pay child support and one arrest for assault and battery in 1987 – was initially stopped for a broken brake light on his car. His brother and his attorney suggest that he fled from Slager because he didn't want to go to jail for outstanding child support. Slager has been charged with murder, and has been denied bond. He is also eligible for the death penalty and is facing a Department of Justice investigation. In 2013 Slager had a complaint of excessive force filed against him after he Tasered a man duing a burglary investigation, but he was cleared of wrongdoing. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, 45% of North Charleston residents are black, and 4 out of 5 police officers are white. The Scott's attorney L. Chris Stewart made it clear that the shooting is not simply a race issue. As he said at a press conference, "It speaks to the value of human life, which is a bigger issue than trying to just make this a small issue of race. This is a bigger issue of human life and the value of it. And when people start respecting that more, it won't matter what color you are." The shooting, which comes in the wake of incidents in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, is also an issue of power – Stewart has suggested that Slager was only arrested because the altercation was caught on video, showing the police officer's version of events to be false. Without the video, this may well have been swept under the rug. The establishment is at it again. Just around the corner from Cable, who suffered the same fate not so long ago and in the same set of railway arches, Network Rail are coming in to take control of the Crucifix Lane space to make way for London Bridge Station expansion. Crucifix Lane opened in its present guise at the beginning of 2011 but has been a vital entertainment hub in the heart of the city for three decades. Managed by Leefest and Counter Culture founder Alex Brooks, the much loved and respected underground club has played host to many legendary nights such as Steve Lawler's infamous Harlem Nights, Funkyzeit, Lo*Kee, Night Slugs, Bugged Out, Whirl-y-Gig, Solo Danza, Cartuli's Day and international label showcases from Pampa Records and Perlon. Back when it opened in the early nineties, the club played host to Sabresonic, a weekly night by Andrew Weatherall that saw The Chemical Brothers play their first London show, where they also recorded their seminal 'Song To The Siren'. Bodyrockers also filmed their video for 'I Like The Way' there, so it truly is a place that has played an important part in dance heritage. Unfortunately, relentless redevelopment has now consigned this special place to the history books. the AttAck on london's club culture continues After two final farewell gatherings at Easter, Crucifix Lane is the latest London club to fall foul of callous gentrification 33-year-old Michael Slager, a white police officer from South Carolina, has been charged with murder after he fatally shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

view archives of Guestlist - Issue 74