Last night on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Scott Family Attorney Chris Stewart stated they didn’t know who the passenger was with Walter Scott when he was pulled over. However, he also said they (attorneys, Julison and Scheme Team) were quickly searching for him.
Against the backdrop that Walter Scott fled after giving up his Driver’s License, thereby easily identifying his personage, an obvious issue is: what was more risky to him than staying in an innocuous traffic stop and being processed/cited? Something not passing the sniff test.
The family (Ryan Julison – spokesman) narrative to explain the motive for fleeing is to claim warrants for outstanding unpaid child support. However, as the Associated Press reports, there was no outstanding warrant to fill that meme.
[…] Court records show that Walter L. Scott was almost $7,500 behind in child support at the time he was shot and killed by a police officer, but no bench warrant had been issued for him. (link)
So Ryan Julison wants to sell a motive that doesn’t exist. Curiousor and curiousor.
Walter Scott claims in the Dash-Cam video that he just purchased the vehicle on Friday and was going to get the “paperwork” processed on Monday. However, according to the Daily Mail, and quoting his co-worker, he put new wheels on it the week prior. So he didn’t just purchase it….
Further Julison narrative expansion has Walter Scott buying it from a neighbor. Yet with 24/7 coverage and a fleet of reporters, no-one appears interested to locate this “neighbor”…. for the “personal impact” angle…..
According to the Daily Mail Scott was on the phone with his Mother during the entire police stop. Yet the family doesn’t know who the passenger was?
What is it about this vehicle, and more importantly this “passenger”, which is creating such anxiety? What’s the risk to the Julison narrative such that extensive lengths would be taken to obfuscate the subject?
(HatTip Diwataman for the AP video)
Obviously the police know who the passenger was, he was processed and later released. It is also rather incredulous to believe the family and Julison don’t know who he is.
Like the aforementioned neighbor, the one who sold the car to Walter Scott, the media don’t seem too interested in the passenger.
Knowing there was NOT an outstanding warrant, what would motivate Walter Scott to such an extent that even knowing his Driver’s License was in the hands of a police officer he would choose to run?
He’s not an emotional teenager, he’s a fully matriculated adult man of 50 years.
Not only did he choose to run, he chose to fight the officer in a physical struggle, escalating to the struggle over a deployed taser, all in an effort to evade a police officer who didn’t appear remotely concerned about anything other than the vehicle status.
What gives? What was his real motivation for running, fighting, seeking escape?
THE GAP – “What’s missing is what happens from the time the two men run out of the frame of dashboard video to the time picked up in a bystander’s cellphone video a few hundred yards away. The cellphone footage starts with Scott getting to his feet and running away, then Slager firing eight shots at the man’s back.
“It is possible for something to happen in that gap to significantly raise the officer’s perception of risk,” Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina.” (link)