UPDATE: City to pay $6.5M settlement to family of man shot by police officer
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in North Carolina has reached a $6.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white city police officer.
The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote Thursday.
The council had met several times in the past few months to receive advice from city attorney Brady Hair on a potential lawsuit by the family of Walter Scott.
The 50-year-old Scott 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.