Walter Scott’s family has reached a $6.5 million lawsuit with the city of North Charleston, S.C. Scott, who was unarmed when he was fatally shot in the back by white police officer Michael Slager, was fleeing on foot during a traffic stop in March. The shooting was captured on a cellphone video by a bystander.
Chris Stewart, attorney for Walter Scott’s family said, “It’s historic. It sets a good precedent for a city not tolerating this sort of behavior from police officers,” the Washington Post reports.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said, “This is a very difficult period for the Scott family. I know they are glad to have this part behind them so their healing process can continue.” He added, “As a result of this tragedy, important issues have been discussed, not only in North Charleston, but around the country,” the Washington Post reports.
Michael Slager remains behind bars on a murder charge. He faces 30 years to life without the possibility of parole for Walter Scott’s murder.