by Moody Jim Rathbone
Walter Scott owed $18,104 in child-support payments and had a bench warrant for his arrest when he was fatally shot by a South Carolina police officer.
Scott’s parents believe their son fled from the officer, Michael Slager, because he owed back child-support payments and did not want to be arrested again. “I believe he didn’t want to go to jail again. He just ran away.”
A bench warrant for his arrest had been active since a January 16, 2013, court hearing, when Scott reportedly owed $7,836.
The plight of non-custodial parents in the United States remains bleak because few are willing to rise up to speak against the carnage in the lives that it directly touches. But the reality is that it touches every bank account record in the United States, whether support is owed or not. “Oh, if it was for child support, then his death was okay.” That sentiment is as immoral as the State that seeks to collect the debt. This is because the Bradley Amendment has made any perceived debt approved by the court as a debt to the State. It’s dead wrong. It flies in the face of due process. It is unconstitutional. Yet, nobody seems to care as “long as children are supported.” If you believe that, you are as immoral as the State, and brainwashed to boot.
Federal and State statute are simple corporate exploitation. That is because all the these entities are incorporated with a profit margin in mind. Throw away your old notion of government, as if it is a not-for-profit enterprise. Somebody is making money and reaping the rewards of this power.