Keith Scott's life matters.
It mattered before he was shot and killed on Tuesday.
His life mattered if he held a gun and it mattered if he held a book.
His life matters as all sides rush to judgment with the truth, half-truths, speculation, rumors, and lies.
Keith Scott's life matters just as much as the life of the police officer who shot and killed him. Yes, the officer's life matters too. Nobody has said it didn't.
We're going to hear a lot about Keith Scott's life and his death over the coming months. By now, we know the drill. Everything he ever did wrong will be thrown out for public consumption as if past transgressions surely justify being shot dead by police.
We will hear that he had a gun but that he wasn't pointing it as if that fraction of a second is enough time to duck and dodge a bullet and as if his intent was as clear as if written in a speech bubble over his head.
Keith Scott will be painted as a saint and he will be painted as a sinner.
So, for the time being, ignore what you hear and accept these undeniable truths. Keith Scott's life matters and his death is tragic.