Most of you have probably seen the shocking video of a South Carolina police officer shooting Walter Scott in the back after Scott was pulled over for having a broken tail light. The police officer originally reported that Scott had attacked the officer and he was defending himself. But Feidin Santana, a barber who is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, saw what was happening and had the quick sense to film the whole incident on his smart phone. Because of his quick thinking, it now appears that Scott was shot in cold blood and the officer has been charged with murder. Some would have been afraid to film the incident and others would have been afraid to come forward. The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart is calling Santana a “hero of conscience”. Indeed, Mr. Santana told NBC News that he was so afraid that he considered deleting the video and fleeing town. Fortunately, he was brave enough to go public with his evidence. Thank you Mr. Santana.

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind is a partner with Siskind Susser, PC - Immigration Lawyers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he received his law degree at the University of Chicago. He created the first immigration law web site in 1994 and the first law blog in 1997. He's written four books and currently serves on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.
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2 Responses to Immigrant of the Day: Feidin Santana – Whistleblower

  1. Don Riding says:

    Great post!!! As a former federal law enforcement officer I am embarrassed by the actions of the police officer. I was taught that you only shoot when your life, or another person’s life is in immediate danger. Warning shots are never allowed. Shooting to wound is not allowed. When you shoot, you shoot to kill, but only when the danger is immediate.

    I had lots of people run from me. I caught most of them because I was in good shape by running several miles every day. This was a really stupid incident. The cop had a license plate number, finding the fleeing suspect would have been easy.

  2. Tobias Nojob says:

    United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    Oral Argument Recordings
    Docket:15-40238
    Date Title Appearing: 04/17/2015
    State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al
    http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgRecordings/15/15-40238_4-17-2015.mp3

    Executive Action vs. Executive Order
    The latter definitively wouldn’t have be reviewed by the courts if the Obama’s administration legal team decided to opt for such path in the first place (under the premises of National Security during times of war).

    A genuine evidence indeed of wasted time, money and resources.

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