The family of Walter Scott will get a settlement of $6.5 million from North Charleston, S.C., the largest such payout in the recent high-profile killings of black men by police officers, reports the Charleston Post and Courier. City Attorney Brady Hair called it “the largest settlement for this type of case in the state of South Carolina,” adding that he feels its in line settlements on similar cases nationwide. Scott, 50, a black man, was shot April 4 by white police officer Michael Slager. Cellphone video captured by a passerby showed the officer shooting Scott in the back. Although the killing led to protests at City Hall, there was no violence as there has been in other cities where similar incidents have occurred, such as Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore. City officials and family members credited the peaceful response of the public and the city's swift action in arresting Slager with facilitating a settlement.
“We are very proud that we were able to settle a case of this magnitude without a brick being thrown, without a fire being set and without a lawsuit being filed,” said Hair. Days after the Scott slaying, lawyers for the family said they planned to sue Slager, 33, for civil rights violation and wrongful death, but no suits were filed. Slager was indicted on a murder charge in June, and in September Circuit Judge Clifton Newman denied bail, calling the evidence against Slager “persuasive.” Anthony Scott, Walter Scott's brother, said Thursday, “Though nothing can replace having Walter in our lives, the city of North Charleston's historic actions ensure that he did not die in vain. This city sent a message loud and clear that this kind of reckless behavior exhibited by members of law enforcement will not and shall not be tolerated.”