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Walter Scott shooting: Officer Michael Slager heard laughing about his 'pumping' adrenaline minutes after killing

Published 13/04/2015

Police officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder
Police officer Michael Slager has been charged with murder
Walter Scott in the Coast Guard uniform
Brothers of Walter Scott, Rodney Scott (L) and Anthony Scott (R) appear at a news conference in Charleston after the shooting
Walter Scott appears to be struggling with Michael Slager (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
Walter Scott appears to be running away from Michael Slager (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)
Walter Scott appears to be running away from Michael Slager (AP Photo/Courtesy of L. Chris Stewart)

Michael Slager, the South Carolina police officer charged with the murder of unarmed black man Waker Scott, has been heard on an audio recording laughing about the way his adrenaline was “pumping” after the incident.

In the recording, that comes from the dash-cam of Mr Slager’s police vehicle, the officer can be heard asking a senior officer what will happen to him next.

“They’re going to tell you you’re going to be out for a couple of days and we’ll come back and interview you then,” the senior officer is heard saying in the clip obtained by the Guardian.

“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.”

In the recording, said to have been made in the hour after Mr Slager killed Mr Walker when he fired eight shots at him, the senior officer can then be heard advising him to go home and write things down.

“By the time you get home, it would probably be a good idea to kind of jot down your thoughts on what happened,” he advised. “You know, once the adrenaline quits pumping.”

Mr Slager, who is laughing, says: “It’s pumping.”

A spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the shooting, told the newspaper that they have not been able to independently confirm the audio but said that “it appears” to be Mr Slager.

Mr Scott, who was 50 and had four children, was buried at the weekend - a week after he was shot and killed after running from Mr Slager when he pulled over his car. Mourners at the service were told by the pastor that Mr Scott’s death was the result of “overt “racism”.

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