What Slager Did Not Say – The Killing Of Walter Scott
Hi there. Santiago here.
As expected it didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorist to surface regarding the killing of Walter Scott and the arrest of Michael Slager for murder. The conspiracies range from hearing stories about a magical leaf that Slager dropped near Walter’s body, to hearing about an alleged ground attack by Walter Scott. Now we are hearing an outright lie claiming that Walter somehow tazed Slager.
I find it a bit disturbing that the blogs pushing this nonsense also forgot to mention the fact that Slager walked back to the area where he fired the shots that killed Walter, picked up the tazer, and brought it back over to Walters laid, and dropped it right next to Walters body.
But it doesn’t stop there. Based on the dashcam footage, we know that the tazer was deployed as Slager stated “Tazer, Tazer, Tazer.”
Slager did not say that Walter took his tazer until after he killed him.
Slager did not say at any point that Walter used the tazer on him. With at least 4 different audio recordings, Slager never once stated that he was tazed.
The 1st audio recording is from the dash cam that Slager was equipped with. Slager was also equipped with an audio transmitter. It is by way of his transmitted that we hear him say “tazer, tazer, tazer” indicating that he deployed tazer.
The 2nd audio recording took place just after Slager shot and killed Walter. There is no mention of being tazed by Walter in that recording.
The 3rd recording is when Slager was being briefed by a fellow officer on what to expect. Slager laughs off his adrenaline high — no mention of being tazed by Walter in that recording.
And finally Slager’s phone call to his wife was recorded while he was in his patrol car. Slager makes no mention to his wife that he was tazed by Walter.
Of course I expect more spin to be added to the conspiracy theories in the coming days. Those who support the killing of unarmed Black men will twist up the dash cam audio, and claim Slager saying “Tazer,Tazer, Tazer” really meant that Walter was going for his tazer. No it does not. What Slager said is a standard protocol for law enforcement when they deploy a tazer.
We see examples of this in the Eric Harris shooting video. Just before Robert Bates shoots and kills Eric, Bates states clearly “Tazer,” indicating to the other officers he is deploying his tazer.
Additionally, in a separate Slager video just released, it shows Slager tazing a man in August of 2014. Just before he deploys the tazer, Slager is heard saying, “Tazer” .
There is no way any of the conspiracy theorist can argue that Slager’s call of “Tazer,Tazer,Tazer” meant that Walter was going for his Tazer. Slager would have said that and it would have been on the recording, which never happens until after Slager pulled the trigger, shooting Walter five times in the back.
Now, let’s get on to the images that the conspiracy theorist are using to support their argument. We already know, based on Slager’s transmission, that the tazer has been deployed. Even IF Walter somehow managed to get his hands on the tazer, how would that be a threat? A tazer has separate cartridges that are on the belt of the law enforcement official. Each cartridge is good for one deployment. The only way Walter would be a threat under those circumstances is if he somehow managed to take another cartridge from the officer’s belt, insert it in the taser gun, then aim and fire. But let’s use common sense here. Look at the images below very closely.
If that’s a tazer cable, it is going from Slager to Walter’s ankle, then the theorist have a big problem. Those pushing the false narrative that the cable is running from Walter to Slager are intentionally dishonest. For this photo to indicate that Walter tazed Slager, Walter would have to have launched it from his ankle. The next image is Walter breaking free from those cables. They fall and are still attached to the Stun Gun.
But of course it’s expected that we hear some nonsense from some who have their own agenda.
We have four different audio recordings and not once does Slager mention he was tazed; not to his commanding officer, not to dispatch; not to his wife — the closest people to Slager. Not a single person who Slager spoke with was told that Walter tazed him.
Yet we have this theory being kicked around as if it’s the truth. No it’s not the truth. The truth is Walter was shot in the back 5 times and was no threat to the community or Slager. The truth is Slager picked up the tazer and planted it next to Walters body.
The truth is Slager has in the past used unnecessary force, tazing another citizen when there was no need to. The truth is had there been no video of this, a killer would be patrolling our streets pretending to protect & serve our communities.