Feidin Santana Speaks Out On Walter Scott

By on April 10, 2015
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Feidin Santana Films And Speaks On Walter Scott’s Death

Feidin Santana, the man who recorded a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed man last week, told CNN on Thursday night 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 CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360˚.”

In other interviews, Santana has said he feared for his life, which almost kept him from revealing the recording.

Santana recalled the event when he recorded a 3-minute video of North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager shooting victim Walter Scott as he was running away from an arrest on Saturday. That evidence led to the officer’s firing and arrest on a murder charge.

Feidin Santana claims when he first came on the scene while walking to his job he saw Slager on top of Scott, who was on the ground. He could hear the sound of a “taser” being used.
At no time did Santana see Scott go after the officer’s taser. He believes Scott was simply just trying to get away.

“Mr. Scott never tried to fight,” Santana told CNN.

Police said Slager used a taser against Scott, but Slager would also later tell a dispatcher that Scott at some point had grabbed the taser.

After Slager shot Scott five times, the officer went back to pick up something. Santana thinks it was the taser but said he wasn’t 100% sure what it was. Neither the struggle nor the use of a taser was captured on video, because Santana had yet to begin recording.

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The cell phone video, which Feidin Santana handed over to media outlets this week, reignited national outcries surrounding police treatment of African-Americans and led to a murder charge against Slager, who is white. Scott was black.

Police said Slager pulled the 50-year-old Scott over for a broken brake light on Saturday morning. Scott, according to a dash cam video, fled from Slager for unexplained reasons, and the officer chased him on foot.

When Feidin Santana’s video begins, Scott starts running away from the officer, with Scott’s back to Slager. The video shows Slager shooting at Scott eight times before Scott falls down.

Feidin Santana’s attorney, Todd Rutherford, said Santana’s video would be useful in an investigation; not only into the shooting but also into whether Scott received prompt medical attention.
In the last half of the video, a second officer appears to examine Scott with gloved hands.
Santana said after he stopped recording, he watched for a few more minutes but never saw anyone perform CPR.

A police report says a 3rd officer, not shown in the video, reported seeing an officer administering first aid, and that the third officer approached and helped that person “with first aid and CPR.”

On Wednesday, asked whether CPR was performed on Scott, North Charleston police Chief Eddie Driggers said: “In the end of it (the video), what I saw was (what I) believed to be a police officer removing the shirt of the individual and performing some type of life-saving (procedure), but I’m not sure what took place there.”