Cop who killed Walter Scott heard laughing about the shooting in audio recording
In an patrol car dashcam audio recording obtained by The Guardian, Patrolman Michael Slager can be heard laughing about the “pumping adrenaline” he experienced in the wake of shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back after claiming that the man tried to take his taser.
The conversation entails a senior officer advising Slager to go home and relax before answering any official questions about the shooting, which occurred April 4 in North Charleston, South Carolina.
“Probably once they get you there, we’ll take you home,” the officer told Slager. “Take your crap off, take your vest off, kind of relax for two or three.”
Yeah, just go put your feet up for a few days after shooting a fleeing man in the back.
“By the time you get home, it would probably be a good idea to kind of jot down your thoughts on what happened,” the senior officer advised Slager. “You know, once the adrenaline quits pumping.”
This prompts some pronounced laughing from Slager, who replied, “It’s pumping.”
Both he and the senior officer share a hearty chuckle.
On Tuesday, Slager was charged with murder after a video of his confrontation with Scott showed him shooting the fleeing, unarmed man in the back, despite Slager claiming that he shot Scott out of fear for his own life. On Friday, video of the traffic stop emerged, furthering discrediting claims that Slager acted out of self-defense. However, the initial shooting video is pretty damning on its own.