In this week’s episode of Justice is Served, we discuss the shooting death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond by Lt. Mark Tiller in South Carolina. The teenager was shot twice in the back and head by the cop after an undercover drug buy with the passenger in Hammond’s car. Tiller claims that Hammond refused to show his hands and attempted to drive his car forward to hit Tiller. However, Hammond’s family is disputing that account and is urging the police department to release dash cam footage of what happened.
The Hammond family’s attorney claims that his case is being handled differently than the countless other cases of police brutality because he is white, stating, “It’s sad, but I think the reason is, unfortunately, the media and our government officials have treated the death of an unarmed white teenager differently than they would have if this were a death of an unarmed black teen. The hypocrisy that has been shown toward this is really disconcerting.”