When Michael Thomas Slager fired eight shots at Walter Scott’s back Saturday morning, he not only killed a man — he wounded an entire community.

And it is going to take North Charleston a long time to heal.

For years, the North Charleston Police Department has been accused of racial profiling, of treating black suspects much more harshly than whites.

Some people scoffed at these charges. There are, after all, a lot of good men and women — black and white — on the force, and most of them are just trying to keep people safe. They have a job that carries great risk for modest pay.

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