Walter Scott Family Reaches $6.5 Million Settlement
The South Carolina city that employed the police officer who killed Walter Scott has agreed to pay his family.
Scott’s family will receive $6.5 million from North Charleston for his April death at the hands of former officer Michael Slager.
North Charleston City Council has unanimously approved a motion for a $6.5 million settlement with the Walter Scott family.
Council approved the settlement with a 10-0 vote on Thursday night.
“This settlement is a step in the right direction for the family, the city, the Lowcountry, and our state,” Mayor Keith Summey said.”This will allow us to move forward and focus on the issues our citizens have elected us to do, advance quality of life and make the future brighter for the citizens of North Charleston.”
City officials said council had met numerous times with the city’s attorney on a potential lawsuit by Walter Scott’s estate.
City attorney Brady Hair said the process of the settlement began days after Scott’s death, with Hair communicating with attorneys representing Scott’s estate over a period of months with mediation which culminated in the settlement.
According to Hair, the money for the settlement would come from the city’s insurance carrier and the general reserve fund. The city’s bond rate will not be affected.
“Our family is pleased that we have resolved the civil portion of Walter’s death with the City of North Charleston,” said Walter Scott’s brother, Anthony who was in attendance at the announcement. “While nothing can replace having Walter in our lives, the City of North Charleston historic actions ensure that he did not die in vain.”
Scott says the family and their legal team will donate a portion of the settlement to disaster relief efforts in South Carolina being undertaken by the American Red Cross.
Good! We’re glad the family is getting some sort of justice for his death.
Now for the criminal case…