Walter Scott’s Family Reaches $6.5M Settlement With North Charleston

The settlement comes six months after Scott's death.

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The family of Walter Scott, the 50-year-old unarmed black man shot and killed by a South Carolina police officer in April, will receive $6.5 million in a settlement with the city of North Charleston. 

WCSC reports that Anthony Scott, Walter Scott’s brother, present at the settlement announcement said, “Our family is pleased that we have resolved the civil portion of Walter's death with the City of North Charleston.” He added, “While nothing can replace having Walter in our lives, the City of North Charleston historic actions ensure that he did not die in vain.” The family said some of the money would go towards flooding relief in the state.

The shooting, which a bystander caught on video, happened when Scott tried to flee after being pulled over for a broken taillight infraction.  

The former police officer has since been indicted on a murder charge and could face 30 years to life in prison if convicted. 

[via CBS]

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