By Victoria Middleton | This year, we saw a Columbia man shot by a police officer after reaching for the very ID the officer was asking for. We watched a bystander video of Walter Scott’s shooting in North Charleston. We read of a Seneca teenager’s death in a drug sting. These and a number of other South Carolina victims of police shootings — 32 in our state already this year, 13 of them fatal — were unarmed.
At the time of Walter Scott’s shooting in April, approximately 209 people had been shot in the past five years, and 79 of those had died at the hands of police.