Feidin Santana, Man Who Recorded Cell Phone Video of South Carolina Police Shooting, Opens Up

Feidin Santana talked one-on-one with ABC News Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts about the cell phone video he recorded showing North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager shooting and killing Walter Scott.
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Transcript for Feidin Santana, Man Who Recorded Cell Phone Video of South Carolina Police Shooting, Opens Up
And I when there at a sale when there. But to my media camera when. Not into. I sought hand I saw the cup pumped up about a missed. And I was here and pays an artist trying court shall see that it can't be away the slump person you know. Witness and a recording. When it SA there is shooting it wasn't that's when he. Some listen. One on one with the man who captured the shooting on camera fade in Santana all up about what soft as his cell phone camera rolled before during and after that deadly confrontation between Walter Scott. A black man and North Charleston police officer Michael Slater hello ever went on Thai Hernandez in New York. ABC news' chief national correspondent Byron Pitts sat down with been sent Hanna and his attorney today here's some of what he had his. Else. Just said wait we want to talk to. To the ask you for that camera for the video. We're just wait we will talk now just wait Mueller talked his Elvis and YouTube but what what they decide to leave. It was an instant into nation. You know. Not achieve something that happened before and tossed in. But I just say I know that. No it was vendors not just mean and a half an hour ago on the witness and that and shoot I as a and I had an egregious and there's from the vendors and that's why. You have to finish toward can. I thought about race and a BUY. And as it was then it was generous amount to keep that information. Dangerous because. Tell Arafat. And effectiveness and against. But his apartment knew about this preview now. And it was mcdaniels when I had the police report. When and a per common pleas report and it's so there he was on opposite. Oh and didn't show. Enough of us when I got a violation of violently in the community. Because you're concerned for your own safety. I. And our gonna speak ABC news chief national correspondent Byron Pitts. Byron this is a man who probably change the course of history with his cell phone video who Lindsay and what struck you most about talking to a. Between three year old young man he was born in the Dominican Republic came to the US ten years ago is a barber in North Charleston city was going to work that morning. He sees a black man run in front of them looks five seconds later a white police officers chasing him. In he said in North Charleston when you see something like that you know troubles possible. Any follow them caught up with an enemy car with them he heard the sound of the teaser and it's about his phone and recorded that moment. And it wasn't just the information that we can all see on the phone he actually also has a different account based on what he saw it is on high after issue that's right he set that when the shooting was over mr. Scott was on the ground the police in their reports. Have said that they. Provided him CPR. Fate and said he was there for several minutes after a number of police officers gathered his that it happened. That's it did someone put their mouth over to to breathe into his mouth you know he went compresses chess no. He said all that he saw capital he was there is a one officer pose gloves pulled up his teacher mr. Scott's T shirt to see the the bullet holes. And the officer who shot him checked his pulse and that was it he saw no one he set offering aid. To mr. Scott he laid on the ground for several minutes eventually a police officer unnoticed fate there walked overtones because he it's Yelp the police. He said what happened was wrong. He's the one police officer said we want talk T wait right there and he thought. I shouldn't wait is Laurie got a good point as to why he walked away why didn't wait to talk to police he said look this us a young young men of color. Who just and according to his lawyer had just witnessed a police officer in his words execute a black man. And didn't think it was wise to hang out to interact with the police. Concerned they made trying take his phone from he went. Went on to work actually and got through his day in and thought about it eventually got in contact with mr. Scott's him. Yet he made that decision rather than just take that. Camera to the authorities to share with the family first how do you find them and how did he describe that encounter. He contacted on FaceBook he sent to private faced a message to a guy who works with a group called black lives matter and North Charleston. He contacted him that person encouraged him to meet with them he met with the family. Sometime on Sunday the day after the shooting showed the tapes it was very moving you can imagine he's at the the family's home he's there with mr. Scott's brother other relatives. And they watch this. The Oakland very emotional people were crying making loud noises. And they asked him if he would cooperate with their lawyer talk with them. And he did. Now this is an image you know we've been saying over and over again. But very different. Story from mr. Fabian Santana who saw this all happened with his own eyes you you have to watch the video with him how he reacts yeah. It was striking he he had his phone with them and I so would you mind showing me the clip that you have here any he opens it up and starts a clip. And I was struck by when he gassed the point where the officer fired his weapon he looked away. A sole question lookalike. He say you know I've actually watched it three times once when I first got away from the scene. Once when I showed it to. His fan and one of the time says and I just didn't want those images in my in my head it was he was traumatic enough to be there to see it. And I think it's sort of spoke to. His demeanor. A very gentle soul easygoing guy. This kind of thing you get the sense he didn't want to be a part of this moment but he was and had the courage to stand there and videotape. I will Byron Pitts thank you so much for joining us and he can see more of this interview coming up tonight on Nightline. You can watching ABC news digital report. I'm tie Hernandez in New York.

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