This is truly disturbing, and the officer should spend the rest of his life in jail. But this should not be used as an “All Cops Are Bad” statement. Just like any other segment of society, some cops are bad but most are good. Just like, some teachers are bad, but most are good. People need to stand back, take a deep breath, and approach this problem with a clear mind. It is truly a tragedy, and we may never know why this bad cop did what he did, but thank God for the citizen who took video.
God Bless & enjoy the article
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – An eyewitness whose cellphone video put a South Carolina police officer in jail on a murder charge said Wednesday that he did not hear the white officer give any warning before he fired eight times at the back of a black man who can be seen in the footage running away before he falls to the ground.
Feidin Santana told NBC News that while walking to work Saturday morning, he saw Officer Michael Thomas Slager controlling Walter Lamer Scott on the ground, and began recording when he heard the sound of a Taser. “Mr. Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser,” said Santana, a barber originally from the Dominican Republic. “He was just looking for a way to get away from the police.”
Slager initially claimed he fired in self-defense after the suspect he had pulled over for a broken brake light grabbed his Taser.
Santana’s recording documented a different scenario. It begins at a moment when both men are standing, as Scott pulls away from the officer and an object appearing to be a stun gun falls to the ground, trailing wires. As the unarmed man runs away, Slager then pulls out his Glock pistol and fires eight times at the back of the 50-year-old man, until he crumples to the ground about 30 feet away.