Michael Slager, the former officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, saw his motion to suppress the video footage of the shooting dismissed by a judge.
The former police officer, Michael Slager is facing charges of murder in connection with the shooting of Walter Scott in April, 2015. The man who filmed the shooting showed up in court to testify, while the defense filed two motions trying to prevent the footage from being shown in full detail, but these were eventually dismissed by the judge. More information on the case is below.
The judge in the murder trial of a white former North Charleston police officer charged with shooting and killing an unarmed black motorist denied two defense motions concerning cellphone video of the shooting on Friday.
Michael Slager, 34, is charged with the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, 50, who was running from a traffic stop in North Charleston when Slager shot him in the back and killed him. The second day of testimony saw just three witnesses, including the man who filmed the shooting on his cellphone, Feiden Santana, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.
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Santana, whose cellphone video led to Slager’s arrest, was the first prosecution witness to take the stand on Friday. The defense presented two motions to the judge; one that would have prevented the state from showing Santana’s video altogether and one that would have prevented it from being shown in slow motion. Judge Clifton Newman denied both motions.
Santana, 25, testified that he was walking to his job as a barber when he saw a black man run by him with a white police officer chasing after him.
He followed them to an open lot and began recording on his cellphone as they scuffled on the ground.
Santana said he heard “an electric sound” as the two scuffled. That sound was later identified as a taser.
Santana testified that he was shocked at what he saw, so he took out his cellphone to record.
According to the Post and Courier, Santana said he was reluctant to let the authorities know that he had taken a video of the last moments of Walter Scott’s life.
“I didn’t want to be involved but at the same time my moral [sic] and my value didn’t allow me to do that because it was an injustice that I saw,” Santana said.
Santana said that when additional officers arrived on the scene, he told them that he had witnessed what happened, but left before he could be interviewed. He said at the time he thought Walter Scott was still alive.
Santana testified that he feared for his safety after shooting the video, and when it went public, it “affected everything.”
The second prosecution witness was Tawayne Weems, an assistant principal at Stall High School in North Charleston, who was called as a corroborating witness to Santana’s testimony.
The third and final witness for the day was Clarence Habersham, who was the first officer on the scene after Slager shot Walter Scott.
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Habersham testified that he rendered first aid to Scott, and another officer attempted CPR.
Habersham’s testimony was cut short as the judge ended proceedings for the day at 5 p.m. saying one of the jurors had “an issue.” See more
The cellphone video footage is one of the most important parts of the shooting case. It’s clear to all that the police officer shot Scott several times adn a view of the video in slow motion guarantees Slager guilty verdict. An attempt to dismiss it can only portray the defense’s wish to deprive the jury of seeing and understanding the case in full degree. Videos don’t lie – Slager really brutally killed the Black man and he must pay for it.