In the wake of the horrific murder of Walter Scott by a South Carolina cop that was caught on video, the Black Lives Matter movement matters now more than ever. TIME magazine recognizes this, and the words cover its latest issue.
“This Time The Charge Is Murder” reads the cover’s subtitle, which also features an image of Scott running away before being gunned down.
TIME editor-at-large David Von Drehle penned the cover story.
These bits of knowledge add up to something catalytic in America’s painful examination of the way black men are treated by law enforcement. What happened across the fence from that video camera was the thing in its ugliest form: a man running away, an officer in no apparent danger, an unrestrained use of force. After the man was down, the officer appeared to place something–perhaps the officer’s Taser–beside the dying body. When the video surfaced three days after the April 4 killing, Slager was arrested and charged with murder, a crime punishable in South Carolina by life in prison or the death penalty.
Will Slager be actually found guilty, though?
Read the full story right here. Keep hashtagging #BlackLivesMatter.