Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

S. Carolina City to Pay $6.5M in Police Shooting

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

S. Carolina City to Pay $6.5M in Police Shooting

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer. The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote, and members of Walter Scott's family were on hand when it was announced.

The council had met several times in the past few months to receive advice from city attorney Brady Hair on a potential lawsuit from Scott's family.

Scott, 50, was shot April 4 by North Charleston officer Michael Slager while trying to run from a traffic stop. A bystander recorded the shooting with a cellphone.

Slager was indicted on a murder charge in June and a judge refused to set bond last month, saying his release would "constitute an unreasonable danger to the community."

Slager was fired following his arrest on the murder charges and has been detained in solitary confinement.

The bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott ran. …

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