After devastating video evidence of the shooting that took place in Charleston just a little over a week ago was released, the public has now gained access to audio of the cop who killed Walter Scott, thanks to The Guardian. In the audio, Officer Michael Slager is heard laughing and confessing to feeling a rush of adrenaline after unloading multiple rounds into the back of unarmed Walter Scott.
Slager anxiously laughs while speaking about the details with an unnamed senior officer. Luckily, the dashcam in the officer’s vehicle was able to capture the conversation after the shooting occurred. The senior officer is heard saying in the clip:
They’re gonna tell you you’re gonna be out for a couple of days and we’ll come back and interview you then. They’re not going to ask you any kind of questions right now. They’ll take your weapon and we’ll go from there. That’s pretty much it.
The senior officer also suggested that Slager should write down what he recalls of the incident. He advised:
“The last one we had, they waited a couple of days to interview officially, like, sit down and tell what happened. By the time you get home, it would probably be a good idea to kind of jot down your thoughts on what happened. You know, once the adrenaline quits pumping.”
“It’s pumping,” Slager said, laughing as he nervously spoke.
According to the Guardian, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the shooting, said they have not been able to independently confirm the audio but said that “it appears” to be Slager.
Slager has since been terminated and relieved of his patrol duties, and has been since charged with murder.
Listen to the audio below:
H/T: The Guardian