Defense witness says Slager, Scott struggled

Walter Scott, Michael Thomas Slager
In this image from video, Walter Scott struggles with police officer Michael Thomas Slager in Charleston, S.C., on April 4, 2015. Moments later, the video shows Slager firing eight shots at Scott's back. Scott's death was shown around the world and he became a symbol of the ongoing debate over police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. (Feidin Santana via AP Images)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A defense witness says that enhanced video shows former South Carolina patrolman Michael Slager struggling on the ground with Walter Scott before Slager shot the black motorist as he ran away.

Forensics video analyst Grant Fredericks testified Thursday that he enhanced the cellphone video taken by a passerby that recorded Slager’s shooting of Scott in April 2015 during a traffic stop.

Fredericks said the enhancement was intended to clarify and stabilize the images.

Although the video is shaky and blurry in spots, Fredericks said it shows Scott on his side with his arm around Slager’s upper body. Fredericks also said Slager’s left hand can be seen holding Scott’s wrist, and Taser wires tangled around Slager before the shooting.

Slager is on trial for murder in the death of 50-year-old Scott.

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