Man Who Filmed S.C. Police Shooting: Maybe God ‘Put Me There for Some Reason’

Man Who Filmed S.C. Police Shooting: Maybe God ‘Put Me There for Some Reason’

(The Washington Post) – Like on any other day, 23-year-old Feidin Santana, a Dominican immigrant to South Carolina, was walking to work on Saturday afternoon, talking on his cellphone. As he glanced over a chain-link fence that separated him from a scrubby patch of ground at the side of the road, something caught his attention. What he saw and heard — and what he did about it despite a deep-seated fear of the consequences — would soon shock the conscience of North Charleston and the nation.

And it would change him, perhaps forever. “My life … changed in a matter of seconds,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

Santana shot the video on Saturday that shows a white police officer firing his pistol at a fleeing, unarmed black man, Walter Scott. So powerful and troubling were the frames captured by Santana that North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers would later describe himself as “sickened” by what he had seen. The officer, Michael Slager, 33, was charged with murder.

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