The man who captured the South Carolina cop Michael T. Slager fatally shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott on Saturday during a traffic stop only released the video after hearing the false police reports about the murder.
Speaking out for the very first time, 23-year-old Feidin Santana revealed that he almost erased the footage over fears of personal retaliation after realizing the enormity of the entire thing. He was on his way to work when he noticed the confrontation and stopped to record it after the cop used his Taser on the man.
“I won't deny that I knew the magnitude of this, and I even thought about erasing the video,” Santana said in an interview with NBC. “I felt that my life, with this information, might be in danger. I thought about erasing the video and just getting out of the community, you know Charleston, and living someplace else.”
He said that he immediately knew that Slager hadn’t done the right thing.
“Before I started recording, they were down on the floor. I remember the police [officer] had control of the situation,” the 23-year-old continued. “He had control of Scott, and Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser. But like I said, he never used the Taser against the cop.”
However, after Santana read the police report and heard Slager’s account the news, he decided to come forward.
“It wasn't like that, the way they were saying,” He exclaimed. “I said, 'No ... this is not what happened.'”
He further said that the cop made a bad decision, and that he has to pay for his decisions.
“Mr. Scott didn't deserve this, and there were other ways that can be used to get him arrested, and that wasn't the proper way to do that,” he added.
Watch Santana’s complete interview in the video posted below.