In the moments after a South Carolina cop killed Walter Scott by shooting him in the back, police surrounded his brother and confiscated his phone because he began taking photograph’s of the body.
But by then, it was too late because another man had already video recorded the actual shooting, which contradicted Slager’s account of the events, leading to Slager being arrested for murder.
However, the behavior of the North Charleston police officers in seizing a phone from Scott’s brother simply because he was photographing the crime scene indicates they were trying their best to coverup for their fellow officer.
Anthony Scott, 52, told the New York Times that North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers arrived on the scene and returned his phone, offering his condolences.
After the shooting on Saturday, Mr. Scott’s older brother, Anthony Scott, 52, went to the crime scene. He stood taking pictures of his brother’s covered body with his phone when police officers and detectives approached. Three of them surrounded him, telling him to turn over his phone, he said.
“So, are you going to kill me, too, now?” Mr. Scott said he asked them.
He eventually handed them his phone. Hours later, Chief Driggers arrived, returned Mr. Scott’s phone and offered his condolences.
“The chief was very kind, very kind,” Mr. Scott said. “He was very gentlemanly, very different from the way everyone else was acting. Everyone else — it was eerie how they were acting. They were cocky.”
Driggers became chief of the North Charleston Police Department in 2013 after its previous chief, Jon Zumalt, stepped down. Driggers who once served as the department’s chaplain, vowed to improve relations between the city’s mostly white police department and its mostly black residents.
But despite his vows upon taking the helm, many black residents say they were still victims of police harassment.