Man Who Filmed Walter Scott Shooting Considered Fleeing Town
The man who filmed the shocking video of a police officer shooting an unarmed man in the back is speaking out.
Feidin Santana, a barber, was walking to work when he came upon the scene. He says he pulled out his cell phone and captured officer Michael Slager firing eight shots at a fleeing Walter Scott.
He told the Today show on Thursday, "I never thought this would happen. There were just the three of us in that moment and I couldn't tell what was going to happen. So, I just wanted him to know that he was not by himself."
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The 23-year-old Santana also told Today he was so scared by what he had caught on camera that he considered erasing it.
“I thought about erasing the video and just getting out of the community, Charleston and living someplace else,” he said.
The day after the shooting, Santana says he returned to the scene and saw Walter Scott’s brother, Anthony, who was there to find out what happened. It was then that Santana said something that would make headlines across the country.
Anthony told CBS News, “He came to me and pulled me to the side and said that, ‘They have, I have something that you might like to look at.’”
Santana played Anthony the chilling tape, showing him for the first time how his brother was shot in the back, refuting the police account of what happened
Santana waited one more day before finally turning the video over to the victim's family, giving them vital evidence.
Family attorney Justin Bamberg said, “He's essentially, as I understand it, he is someone who just happened to be at the right place in the right time for justice.”
After officer Slager fired the eight shots, he could be seen turning to look directly at the camera. But even though he apparently knows he is being videoed, he still runs back to retrieve the taser lost in the struggle and appeared to drop it next to Walter’s body, giving rise to suspicions he was trying to plant evidence.
Walter’s younger brother, Rodney, was overcome with emotion while talking about the video. In the middle of a live interview on CNN he appeared like he was about to faint.
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He said, “I feel like I’m going to pass out.”
He was unable to continue with the interview.