Walter Scott Witness ‘Feared For His Life’
The lone witness who is responsible for bringing to light the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a South Carolina police officer, said that he feared for his life, according to CNN.
During an interview on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Feidin Santana described moments when he recorded the roughly three-minute video of former officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott as he ran away on Saturday. He said he first came upon the scene while walking to work and saw Slager on top of Scott on the ground. He could hear the sound of a Taser being used. He believes Scott was trying to get away.
“Mr. Scott never tried to fight,” Santana told CNN.
Santana also said he was told by another cop to stop using his phone to capture the incident.
“One of the officers told me to stop, but it was because I [said] to them that what they did it was an abuse and I witnessed everything,” he told Anderson Cooper.
The officer also told him to wait where he was, but that he eventually left to go to work.
Police admitted that Slager used the Taser against Scott, but Slager said that Scott had grabbed the Taser at some point during the altercation.
After Scott was shot five times, Slager went back to pick up something. Santana isn’t 100% sure, but he thinks it was the Taser. He did not capture the struggle or the Taser on video because he had not started recording yet.
Scott’s mother, Judy Scott, said she believes Santana was meant to be there. “He was there. God planned that. He’s the ram in the bush — I truly believe that,” said Scott.
Santana agreed with her sentiment.
“I think she was right,” he said. “God put me there for a reason.”