Michael Slager (AP/Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

Cop who killed Walter Scott laughed about post-shooting adrenaline rush: Report

Audio of Officer Michael Slager talking candidly with a senior police official has been published by The Guardian


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 13, 2015 8:27PM (UTC)

In audio obtained by Jon Swaine of "The Guardian," North Charleston Officer Michael Slager can be heard laughing with a senior police official about the adrenaline high that he felt after fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back earlier this month.

Slager was caught on video last week gunning Scott down from behind, then placing what appears to be his department-issued Taser on Scott's body, possibly in order to justify his claim that, following an altercation with the man, he felt "threatened."

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In the recording, Slager asks a senior officer "What happens next?"

"Once they get you there," the senior officer replies, "we’ll take you home. Take your crap off, take your vest off, kind of relax for two or three [days]. 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," he continues. "They’re not going to ask you any kind of questions right now. They’ll take your weapon and we’ll go from there. The last one we had, they waited a couple of days for an official interview -- to sit down and say what happens.""

The officer is then heard advising Slager that "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."

Slager can be heard laughing as he responds, "Oh yeah, it's pumping."

Slager was charged last Tuesday with murder after video of him chasing down and shooting Scott surfaced.

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Listen to the entire exchange via SoundCloud below.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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