The fatal shooting of Walter Scott by former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager was seen by America on video. Scott was stopped for a minor traffic violation and was shot in the back by Slager while Scott was running away. Slager later alleged he killed Scott over a struggle with his Taser, but that was later determined to be a false statement. Slager was later charged with murder and is awaiting trial.
North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey announced that a settlement of $6.5 million has been reached with the Scott family. “I am glad the city and the family were able to reach a settlement without the necessity of a lawsuit. … Both sides have met many times and worked very hard over the past several months to resolve this matter. As a result of this tragedy, important issues have been discussed not only in North Charleston, but around the country. … Citizens have become engaged in the process and government officials are listening,” said Summey.
The tragic death of Walter Scott further galvanized activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, which helped bring his story into the national spotlight. The price of a human life can never truly be determined but at least the Scott family is moving toward justice.