Jurors watch video of officer shooting fleeing unarmed man
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.”