Officer charged in Scott shooting

By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ A South Carolina police officer is being held in a North Charleston jail without bond and is being charged with the murder of Walter Scott. Michael Slager, a 33-year-old white police officer, was arrested on April 7 after investigators from the state of South Carolina said that Slager’s accounts of the shooting were inconsistent. He is accused of firing eight shots into the back of 50-year-old Scott, an unarmed black man who was allegedly fleeing from Slager. Slager then arrested Scott as he lay dying on the ground. Slager originally said that he had shot … Continue reading Officer charged in Scott shooting

Staff Editorial: Campus Shootings

Gunfire broke out in the Electrical Engineering Building on Purdue University’s campus on Jan. 21. The gunman killed one person and was taken into police custody only minutes later. The shooting at Purdue is the latest in a sprawling national trend that, seemingly, no one can address effectively. Unfortunately, this news doesn’t surprise us. School shootings, once a startling tragedy, have become commonplace in the United States. Even two years ago, most of us would have struggled to name more than a few. Now, all of us can probably list off more than five, and easily at that. The New … Continue reading Staff Editorial: Campus Shootings