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On the first day we saw the North Charleston, South Carolina, shooting video of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager we were as shocked as everyone. However, as our research now indicates, there is much more to the story.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
No one administered life saving aid to Scott, as the author asserts, that claim is bogus and the video clearly refutes it. The cop shot him and simply left him there to die, as did the others who came on the scene.
originally posted by: bullcat
I did and found it fine.
If you review the raw footage (source New York Times) of the witness shooting video you can clearly see the wire from the Taser connected to Officer Slager.
Additionally, if you follow the wire you also recognize the cartridge from the Taser itself is being dragged behind the fleeing Walter Scott.
This is critical because the darts are on one end of the wire, and the cartridge is on the other end – usually cartridge remaining in the trigger assembly. However, the cartridge is obviously dislodged in the struggle.
If the cartridge is dragging behind Scott -somehow tangled with his foot/shoe or leg – and the line is visibly taut (which it is) then the dart end is indeed attached to Officer Slager.
*NOTE* The civilian version of the x26 (x26C) only has 10-15′ of wire, but the LEO version is 25′ to 35′. From the imaging it appears the length is at least
originally posted by: Greathouse
a reply to: coop039
it sounds like The boob shot himself with his own Tazer.
This means when the Taser fired during the struggle, the darts actually penetrated Slager, not Scott. Factually this aligns with the recorded statement of Slager and the reports of his initial debriefing. It could be that one dart is in the leg of Slager and the other is in the upper torso region as evidenced below.
would also explain the picture of Slager being debriefed after the confrontation with his left pant leg folded up as he explains events to the documenting officer
Santana told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt:
"They were down on the floor before I started recording. I remember the police had control of the situation. He had control of Scott. And Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser."
The video begins with Slager and Scott in close range. An object falls to the ground and Scott can be seen running away from Slager with the strings from the Taser prongs hanging from his body. As he gets a few feet away from Slager, Scott opens fire, shooting seven times as Scott runs farther away. He then pauses and fires an eighth time. Scott then drops to the ground. Scott’s family said he was shot five times.