Walter Scott’s Family Seeks Court Approval of a $6,500,000 Settlement

Video screenshot shows then-Police Officer Michael Slager with his gun drawn as Walter Scott runs from him April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C.  

The civil court portion of the case involving the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott moves forward. Scott’s family filed documents asking a judge to approve its wrongful death settlement with North Charleston, S.C., CBS News reports.

City officials agreed in October to settle the case for $6.5 million. Back in April, Officer Michael Slager, who now faces murder charges, was caught on video gunning down an unarmed Scott as he ran away. North Charleston plans to pay $5.5 million of the settlement from a city fund that contains $18 million. The state Insurance Reserve Fund will pay the remaining $1 million of the settlement amount.


The court documents offer the first glimpse into the proposed payout plan. It includes annuities totaling $1 million to three of Scott’s four children. Scott’s estate would receive $3 million, and $17,000 would go toward back child support payments. The law firms representing Scott’s family would share $2.4 million.

The settlement amount is comparable to agreements reached in other civil cases involving the police and the deaths of unarmed black men: New York City settled the Eric Garner case for $5.9 million, and Baltimore reached a $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray’s family.


CBS said there’s no indication as to when a judge will review the Scott family’s request to approve its settlement.

Read more at CBS News

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