Ju­rors watch video of of­fi­cer shoot­ing flee­ing un­armed man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A fired po­lice of­fi­cer’s de­fense team couldn’t keep ju­rors from see­ing a cell­phone video Fri­day that shows him killing an un­armed man who was run­ning away, so they spent much of the day try­ing to dis­credit the man who recorded it.

Ju­rors wore head­phones at Michael Slager’s mur­der trial while they watched the video, which has been seen mil­lions of times on the in­ter­net, shock­ing the con­science of a na­tion al­ready sick­ened by vi­o­lent en­coun­ters be­tween po­lice and the pub­lic.

Recorded in April 2015 by Fei­din San­tana, a 25-year-old bar­ber, it shows black mo­torist Wal­ter Scott wrestling with Slager over a stun gun, then break­ing away, un­til he’s shot in the back from a dis­tance and crum­ples to the ground.

“For some rea­son I de­cided to use my phone to record and pre­vent some­thing that might hap­pen,” the 25-year-old bar­ber tes­ti­fied. “It was some­thing I will never for­get.”

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