Walter Scott


Walter ScottA dashcam video released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency on Thursday shows the moments before 50-year-old Walter Scott was fatally shot by Officer Michael Slager.

The video shows Slager pulling over Scott’s car and asking a series of questions before Scott opens his car door and runs away.

Slager initially pulled Scott over for a broken taillight on his Mercedes sedan. In the footage, Slager approaches the driver-side window and asks Scott to provide his license and additional paperwork. Scott complies and hands over his license, but he then says that he does not have registration or insurance information for the vehicle because he is in the process of buying the car.

After a brief exchange, Slager is seen walking back to his car with Scott’s license while Scott and a passenger wait. When Slager returns to the police car, Scott attempts to exit the vehicle before he is ordered back inside.

Moments later, Scott opens the door again, this time running off into the distance.

The dash cam footage does not capture where he goes, but it includes audio of Slager yelling after him.

The passenger remains in the vehicle as Slager alerts the dispatcher and calls for backup.

Thom Berry, a spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, told USA Today that there are several dashcam videos from the cars of officers who responded to the scene, but that none of them captured the shooting.

“I have been told that none of the (dashboard) cameras have the incident itself,” Berry said. “Most of it will be driving to the scene, parking the vehicles.”

SLED is currently conducting an investigation into the case and is reviewing “potentially hours of video,” Berry said.

The bystander who recorded a South Carolina officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man eight times said the cop had control of the situation before he pulled out his gun, and that he had not heard the officer give a warning before he fired.

In an interview with NBC News, the witness, Feidin Santana, said he could hear North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager deploying his Taser on Walter Scott when he pulled out his camera phone. He said the two were on the ground before he started filming.

“I remember the police had control of the situation,” Santana said during the interview (above). “You can hear the sound of a Taser… I believe [Scott] was just trying to get away from the Taser.”

n a separate interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, Santana said he did not hear the officer say anything before he fired his gun. Santana said he did not hear Scott say anything during the incident.

Slager was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder after the shooting, which occurred during a traffic stop on Saturday. Slager was charged only after the video was released, and the footage pulled the officer’s own account of the incident into question.

Audio of Slager’s call to dispatch was released today, and there are clear discrepancies between that audio and Santana’s footage. Slager said he felt threatened because Scott allegedly reached for his Taser. Video evidence shows Slager dropping an object near Scott’s body after the shooting.

Santana has reportedly said he waited to release the footage to see how Slager would report his actions.

“He wanted to see what reports were coming from the North Charleston Police Department because of the fact that they may have told the truth,” Walter Scott’s brother told TIME on Wednesday. “And when they continued with the lies, he said, ‘I have to come forward.’”

Santana told MSNBC’s Melvin that he read the police report and took issue with its account of what happened. Santana said that he went to the police station following the shooting to inform them that he had witnessed and recorded it. After being told to wait, Santana left without handing any information to the police after reconsidering the situation. Santana told Melvin that he didn’t believe police would properly handle the video which prompted him to give it to Scott’s family.

Santana also said he almost erased the footage, fearing that he’d be “in the same danger” for even possessing it. He told NBC News that he’s emotional for everyone involved.

“It’s not something that anyone can feel good about,” he said. “[Slager] has his family… but he made a bad decision and you pay for your decisions in this life. There are other ways he could have used to get [Scott] arrested.”

North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager was charged Tuesday with murder after video emerged that shows the officer shooting at Scott as he flees following a traffic stop. Scott falls after the eighth shot. Slager has said he fired in self-defense.

Officer Michael Slager Mother Speaks Out
It’s important to understand; to everyone else Michael Slager is “somebody else’s kid” but I’m having a hard time believing she’s doing anything more than attempting to sway the public with her “what is portrayed of him” statement. Her extremely melodramatic style, wiping away non-existent tears, tilting her head up slightly and speaking directly to the camera gives me the impression of “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

Dissecting the Walter Scott Shooting

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