The funeral for slain victim of police brutality Walter Scott was held Sunday at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, SC.
Scott’s immediate family members were in attendance, as well as South Carolina politicians of both the Democratic and Republican parties. His casket was draped in the American flag. Hundreds of mourners stood outside of the church to pay their respects to Scott.
Pastor George D. Hamilton lead the services for Scott’s farewell and in his eulogy, he condemned the lingering complicated issues of racism in America. The pastor determined that the 50-year-old died “as a result of overt racism … hatred in that officer’s heart.”
Pastor Hamilton delivered more powerful words and said to a packed WORD Ministries that:
“This particular officer was a disgrace, but we will not indict the department for the act of one racist.”
“We can’t bring Walter back, but we certainly want justice to be done.”
He also added:
“This hate could not be because this person knew Walter. The hate was because Walter was African-American. No one just empties a clip into a man’s back.”
Scott’s death was another sad statistic of Black lives gunned down in America. Yet his death, which currently covers TIME magazine with the headline “BLACK LIVES MATTER” is being treated as a turning point for what America, its leaders and policies are going to do about changing this volatile environment in which people of color, many of whom are unarmed, are being shot by police. Last week, Scott was shot and killed by North Charleston, SC cop Michael T. Slager after a traffic stop. A passerby filmed the shooting with his cellphone’s video camera. The dramatic footage has since gone viral.