Witness in Walter Scott shooting recognized by legislators

Feidin Santana (right) is the bystander who recorded the Walter Scott shooting video. Santana spoke with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on April 8, as seen in this image from the broadcast.

COLUMBIA — The man who recorded the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer was recognized by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

A House resolution by Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, recognizing Feidin Santana advanced unanimously and was sent to the Senate. It acknowledges that Santana’s “coming forward with the video contributed to an orderly and prompt judicial processing of the incident.”

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Santana was walking from his job, when he saw Scott being chased on foot by North Charleston Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager. When Santana saw the two men struggling, he started recording, capturing the last seconds of Scott’s life.