It’s not often that we can clearly define one hero in the aftermath of tragedy. But the bystander who stepped forward from anonymity to the spotlight and provided 100 percent proof that Walter Scott was not a dangerous criminal, seems to me to be the clear-cut hero in this horrible situation.
If not for him, the words spoken by Walter Scott’s father on the “Today Show” April 8 might be coming true right now. Walter Scott Sr. said, “It would have never come to light. They would have swept it under the rug, like they did with many others,” and “...When I saw it, I fell to my feet and my heart was broken.” I know many of us felt the same empathy, plus anger and shame.
I’d like to thank that bystander with his cell phone camera. I think sometimes we think that too much is being recorded and posted on social networking sites.
But this time, our hero did the right thing. And his actions have hopefully saved our area further heartbreak and sorrow. And more importantly by bringing his video to the public, our hero has taught all of us not to believe one story over the other, not to go with the status quo and not to rush to judgment.
If I could meet him in person right now, I’d like to give him a big hug.