by Pam Zubeck
A Georgia filmmaker is traveling coast to coast to film stories about government corruption, involving everyone from judges to district attorneys to cops.
The filmmaker, Bill Windsor, stopped at the Comfort Suites on Kelly Johnson Boulevard in north Colorado Springs on Tuesday. He set up his camera equipment in a cramped hotel room where several people had lined up to speak; one group of citizens had showed up to complain about money laundering they say is going on at a prison in Florence. Anyway, Windsor was so busy filming case after case that I didn't get a chance to speak with him.
The reason I made a mad dash up I-25 was because Bill Scott, local author, former Air Force flight test engineer and Aviation Week correspondent, was scheduled to relay the story of the July 2010 killing of his son, Erik, in Las Vegas by the cops. Erik, a West Point grad, was accused by a Costco security guard of acting strangely. The guard called the cops, who showed up just as Erik was existing the store and gunned him down. The local authorities have ruled the shooting justified. We've reported on his case here and here and here and here.
Windsor wants to make a movie of everyone's stories, which he hopes to screen for Congress in January. His website is called Lawless America.
I wasn't able to stick around for Scott's filming, but he told me later that there were several in the room with tears in their eyes by the time he finished his tale. Then Windsor asked Scott something he'd never been asked before, through countless interviews he's given. His son's case got a lot of press in Las Vegas, where cops shoot lots of people and are almost never found to be unjustified in doing so. Scott raised such a ruckus that county commissioners there changed the inquest procedure to include questions from family members of the deceased.
Anyway, the question was this: If you could speak to your son, what would you tell him?
Scott: "I would just say, 'Hey, Erik, even though you were murdered and your character impugned, I want you to know I'm doing my best to make sure you didn't die in vain."
Indeed, Scott and his family first sued the cops. When it was clear that government immunity would prevent a favorable decision, they dropped the case. Last summer, they sued Costco, where the shooting occurred, for wrongful death. Attorneys for both sides are laying out plans for discovery, he said.
More about Erik's killing is available here, notably an analysis that suggests the cops committed crimes during their investigation to try to create a storyline to justify the outlandish shooting.
Scott, who has written several books about space warfare, also has written a book about his son's shooting that's just about complete. We'll let you know when it's available.