Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
Former civil rights trial attorney
Another unarmed black man was shot dead by a white traffic cop. It occurred in Alexandria, Louisiana by a white patrolman who stopped Derrick Kittling, 45, for a tinted window and muffler violation. Renowned civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, has already been retained by the victim’s family.
The latest tragedy is uniquely reminiscent of the 2015 murder of unarmed black man, Walter Scott, in South Carolina resulting in a prison term for that traffic cop.
The Walter Scott murder is among the most horrific in modern times because it involved no criminal charges, only a civil debt known as child support that was causing support warrants and recurring jail terms which the delinquent dad was fleeing.
This father of three was stopped for a broken tail light before the warrant surfaced, leading to the dad’s flight from the scene and shooting five times in the back. Had the killing not been caught on a smart phone by a concealed third party, it would have been covered up as the falsified police report initially proved.
However, the event is often omitted from media summaries and Black Lives Matter reports because it corroborates the lucrative and scandal-ridden support collection bureaucracy together with its draconian enforcement practices.
I addressed national media, local Congressman James Clyburn and civil rights leaders at Scott’s funeral to redirect the cause to child support corruption and not racial targeting (as Scott’s pastor also emphasized).
But nothing came of it as the band plays on….
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