Listen to Officer Michael Slager laugh about the adrenaline rush from shooting Walter Scott
In an audio clip obtained by The Guardian, the South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott on April 5, receives post-shooting instructions from a fellow officer and laughs about the adrenaline rush he experienced after the shooting.
Following the shooting of Scott, after he attempted to run away from police officer Michael Slager, the officer received instructions detailing what he could expect while the incident was investigated.
A voice, reportedly Slager’s, asks, “What happens next?”
“Probably once they get you there, we’ll take you home,” he is told. “Take your crap off, take your vest off, kind of relax for two or three. It’ll be real quick. They’re gonna tell you you’re gonna be out for a couple of days and you’ll come back and they’ll 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.”
As Slager agrees, acknowledging the advice, the other officer continues.
“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.”
A calm-sounding Slager replies, “It’s pumping,” punctuating it with a laugh.
Listen to the audio below obtained by The Guardian: