Walter Scott's passenger, Pierre Fulton, breaks his silence

Walter Scott Passenger Speaks Out
Walter Scott Passenger Speaks Out

The man who was riding in the car with Walter Scott during the traffic stop that went awry and ultimately led to Scott's death has broken his silence.

"Walter was a dear friend and I miss him every day," Pierre Fulton said in a statement through his lawyer issued late Monday. "Over the past five years he helped me to become a better man and showed me the value of hard work."

Fulton can be seen sitting next to Scott in the dashboard camera footage that shows now-fired Patrolman Michael Slager pull over and question Scott. Fulton remained in the vehicle when Scott made his run. A different video clip captured on a cellphone camera shows the moment Slager shot and killed Scott.

"I'll never know why he ran, but I know he didn't deserve to die," Fulton said in his statement. "Please keep Walter and his family in your prayers and respect my privacy moving forward."

Meanwhile, there are calls for new charges, not against Slager, but other police who were on the scene. CBS News reports critics claim the officers didn't do enough to save Scott's life. Part of the cell phone video shows an officer who responded to the scene helping Scott but no chest compressions are seen.

However, according to The New York Times, that officer wrote in a two-sentence report about the shooting that he "attempted to render aid to the victim by applying pressure to the gunshot wounds."

Slager, who has been charged with murder, has not yet entered a plea.