Six months after the tragic shooting death of Walter Scott, his family has reached a $6.5 million settlement with the city of North Charleston, reports USA TODAY.
Scott was fatally shot by Officer Michael Slager the morning of April 4. Slager pulled Scott over during a routine traffic stop, but Scott, who family members suspect feared an arrest for owing back child support, ran from the scene. As he fled into a grassy lot, cell phone video shows Slager pulling out his gun and shooting Scott in the back multiple times. Scott died at the scene. Slager has been charged with murder and denied bond.
On Thursday evening, the city council approved the multimillion-dollar settlement with the family, who had not filed a lawsuit against the city.
“While nothing can replace having Walter in our lives, the city of North Charleston’s historic actions ensure that he did not die in vain,” said Anthony Scott, Scott’s brother, at a press conference. “This city sent a message, loud and clear, that this kind of reckless behavior exhibited by members of law enforcement will not and shall not be tolerated.”