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Witness who filmed fatal SC police shooting comes forward: Walter Scott ‘didn’t deserve this’

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NBC News released footage on Wednesday evening of an interview with the South Carolina man who filmed the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston police officer.

“Mr. Scott didn’t deserve this,” Feidin Santana told Nightly News host Lester Holt. “There were another ways that can be used to get him arrested, and that wasn’t the proper way to do that.”

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Santana said he was walking to work last Saturday when he witnessed the confrontation between Scott and 33-year-old Officer Slager.

“They were down on the floor before I started recording,” Santana recalled. “I remember the police had control of the situation. He had control of Scott. And Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser.”

Slager originally said that Scott reached for the Taser. The footage shows something dropping away from the officer as Scott runs away. Slager is then seen firing at him seven times, pausing, then firing an eighth time.

The officer is then seen ordering Scott — who is already laying on the ground after being hit several times — to put his arms behind his back, and handcuffing Scott. The footage shows a second officer arriving on the scene but failing to use CPR on Scott, contrary to an incident report on the shooting. Slager later drops the object near Scott, then puts it back in his belt.

“I knew right away that I had something in my hands,” Santana told Holt. He said he became emotional when he turned the video over to Scott’s family.

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Slager was fired from the department and currently faces murder charges.

“It’s not something that no one can feel happy about,” Santana said of revealing Slager’s actions. “He has his family, Mr. Scott also has his family. But I think he [Slager] made a bad decision, and you pay for your decisions in this life.”

Holt said that more footage from the interview would air on Thursday morning on The Today Show. The first excerpt can be seen below.

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‘Hit her! Hit her!’ Indianapolis cops batter black protester with batons and pepper bullets

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Indianapolis police officers are under investigation for beating a black woman with batons and shooting her at close range with pepper balls during protests against police brutality.

In a widely circulated video clip, officers can be seen repeatedly battering the woman with batons and firing less-lethal weapons as she stands still Sunday afternoon at the corner of North Pennsylvania and East Washington streets, reported the Indianapolis Star.

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Trump accuses China of sending coronavirus to US: ‘What’s going on? It’s a gift from China’

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President Donald Trump accused China of purposefully infecting Americans with the coronavirus.

The president boasted about the surprise return of 2.5 million jobs last month -- the largest increase on record -- and claimed that showed the coronavirus pandemic was winding down and the U.S. economy was opening back up.

"We're at 105,000 lives [lost to the virus]," Trump said Friday outside the White House. "We also closed it up to Europe. Europe became very infected from China, a gift from China, not good. They should have stopped it, they should have stopped it at the source. It's a gift from China and a very bad gift, I will tell you that, and you do say, how come at Wuhan where it started and they were very badly -- they were in bad trouble."

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DC mayor has massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural painted on street leading to the White House

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According to a report from CNN, the mayor of Washington, D.C. has directed city workers to paint a massive "Black Lives Matter" mural on a street leading up to the White House early Friday morning.

Washington has been the site of more than a week's worth of protests in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. St. John's Church, the site of President Trump's roundly criticized photo-op during a peaceful protest, sits along the expanse of road that now bears the BLM message," CNN reports.

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