Officer Michael Slager has been in jail since April charged with murder. The first judicial hearing for Officer Slager, and the possibility for bond, will take place this Thursday.
- Walter Scott was “on top” of Slager during the initial struggle. (link) [we first discovered this in our initial research]
- Walter Scott’s DNA is on the tazer Officer Slager deployed. (link) [this was anticipated as a result of the visible struggle identified ]
- During the struggle Officer Slager was “tazed” twice by Scott using his own weapon (link) [our research previously identified this distinct probability]
- Walter Scott was “fleeing” Officer Slager due to outstanding warrant (child support)
- A strong possibility exists that a weapon was on the scene between the originating point of the initial chase to the final disposition where the video of the lengthy struggle begins. (link)
Here is the current media release containing defense attorney Savage comments.
(Via CBS) Defense lawyers in South Carolina are prepared to offer controversial, new evidence in the deadly police officer shooting of a reportedly unarmed black man. […] The 33-year-old’s defense team now says it will present evidence at Slager’s bond hearing Thursday that includes never-before-seen stills from the cell phone video that are said to show Scott on top of Slager.
[…] “You need to go back to the incident scene and you need to see where the original stop was and you need to see where the final events took place,” Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage, said.
Savage suggested he may not have been completely unarmed the entire time. “Maybe he was found without any weapon on him at the time that he died,” Savage said.
Slager’s defense team believes his Taser was fired six times and that both the officer and Scott were each hit twice, suggesting there was more of a struggle than prosecutors have revealed.
In addition, the former officer’s attorneys allege that Scott’s DNA was on the Taser and that there was blood on Slager’s clothing and abrasions on his knee, and that he had an injured finger.
Savage said the new information should cast doubt on prosecutor’s version of events. (read more)
This essentially confirms our earlier suspicions, there is much more to this struggle and shooting than was originally evident on the highly-charged video which was widely reported by the media.
Here’s what we previously discovered during extensive research into the events as they could be reconstructed. Including Walter and Pierre “riding dirty“:
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.
What we cover here in the latest update might just change the entire way the story continues…
- Day #1 April 7th – The shock of the video
- Day #2 April 8th – The community reaction/response
- Day #3 April 9th – The video witness comes forth – The Dash Cam Video released
- Day #4 April 10th – Facts Being Assembled – Ryan Julison Discovered – The Passenger researched and Responding Officers statements reviewed
- Day #5 April 11th – Research reveals media manipulating narrative – Uncomfortable evidence kept from public.
Today – We share alarming discoveries within the non-discussed details.
Treeper Diwataman , who previously discovered the “Three Stooges” interaction with Trayvon Martin (which became a game changer leading to the discovery of why Trayvon was at the 7-11) has done another incredible job creating a video to aid a larger understanding.
With discovery of the full radio dispatch recording of North Charleston Police, and with the Dash Cam video(s) from two vehicles, Diwataman was able to assemble a video syncing all of the data into one format easily understood.
The sync’d video IS BRILLIANT and shows the length of time in the chase, confrontation, physical struggle between Officer Slager and Walter Scott, and the first aid administered by the responding officers.
Additionally, by adding a running clock from the moment Scott begins to run from the vehicle scene you can see the length of the struggle:
You can clearly see and hear this was not a short fight prior to Officer Slager using his firearm to shoot Walter Scott. But that fact alone is not the most important discovery in the past 24 hours.
What is potentially a game changer occurs when you review Officer Slager stating he had lost control/custody of the x26 Taser he deployed to restrain a non compliant Scott – and recognize the Taser actually appears to have been used against him.
At least one dart appears lodged in the upper torso, chest, shirt of 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 25′.
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.
This 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.
Expanding these visuals and going back to the original source video taken by eye-witness Feidin Santana, an emerging picture comes to the surface. Officer Slager did in fact lose custody of the Taser to Walter Scott.
This puts Slager at a serious disadvantage and obvious risk.
Eye-witness Santana describes hearing the sound of the Taser in his statement (as shared by his attorney Todd Rutherford):
[…] After observing the two men struggle on the ground and hearing the sound of a Taser gun, I began filming the altercation with my cell phone”. (link)
In the micro-seconds of decision-making, and having chased a fleeing suspect, and having physically struggled for almost two minutes, a scenario emerges where Slager -having lost the advantage of his Taser, and facing the risk of incapacitation from his own Taser being used against him – doesn’t realize (as they stand up – still fighting) the cartridge has dislodged from the trigger assembly.
The Taser wire is clearly still attached to Officer Slager as he draws his firearm to regain control against the risk presented by Scott. The whereabouts of the actual trigger assembly unknown to Slager but in the video you can see it landing behind them.
If you frame by frame the video you will note the wire is still attached to the torso of Slager, and tightening by the fleeing Scott, as Slager fires the first shot.
Between shots 1 and 2 the wire pulls free from the officer’s upper torso as Scotts’ forward momentum dislodges it.
However, the wire is also still hung up on the foot/leg area of Scott as he runs away. You can see the Taser cartridge bouncing along behind him.
An argument can be made, and would be supported by factual evidence, that Officer Slager didn’t know Scott was not in possession of the trigger assembly. Slager now focused on using his firearm – this is all happening in microseconds.
How dramatically this information changes the position or perspectives of the people who are holding opinion is most likely based on the ideology/bias of the observer.
Does the paradigm shift all the way to justification? Not sure – that’s not our forte’.
However, weighing all of this against a charge of murder, and considering it presented before a jury…. well, at least to us, at the very least, this presents ‘very reasonable’ doubt.
Video eye-witness Feidin Santana with his attorney Todd Rutherford visit with the family of Walter Scott and their attorney Chris Stewart – Friday 4/10/15.
[…] “The family’s legal team was gathering evidence for a civil federal lawsuit. “A civil lawsuit can’t bring him back to life,” Mr. Stewart said of Mr. Scott, “but it provides for the future, which would be his children” (link)
The youngest child of Mr. Scott is 16 and the older three are in their 20’s. That’s a fact you will see largely ignored by the MSM. However, perhaps Mr. Scott in death will do for his children what he chose not to do in life.
[…] “He (Feidin Santana) kept recording as the officer struck Mr. Scott and put a stun gun to Mr. Scott’s side, then as Mr. Scott slipped away”.. (link)
“Slipped away”? “A Tussle”? What’s next, a pillow fight? And then there is this little nugget:
[…] “He (Feidin Santana) checked Facebook to see if he knew anyone in common with the family, and found that they shared some friends. He asked one of those friends to make an unusual introduction. He showed the video to the Scott family on Sunday and turned it over to state investigators on Monday”…. (link)