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Personal Injury Law Update: Walter Scott’s Family Receives $6.5 Million Settlement with City of North Charleston

Another chapter in the tragic death of Walter Scott has recently been closed. Walter Scott’s family was able to reach a $6.5 million settlement with Charleston city officials in compensation for Scott’s wrongful death last April. Walter Scott was killed when an officer shot him in the back as he fled from a police stop. He was unarmed. The video of the crime brought national attention to the epidemic of racial profiling, excessive police force, police brutality, and the use of deadly force by the police in precincts across the country. While the city of Charleston will pay for its officer’s use of excessive and deadly force, the hope is that this settlement will send a message to other cities and precincts. Deadly force will not be tolerated. Officers who wrongfully kill individuals will be held accountable.

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According to the Washington Post, the recovery for Walter Scott comes along with other important settlements across the country. New York City paid the family of Eric Garner $5.9 million after he died when an NYPD officer held him in a chokehold. Baltimore paid Freddie Gray’s family $6.4 million after he wrongfully died in a police van while under the charge of six officers.

North Charleston decided to settle with Scott’s family in order to avoid a civil suit. The settlement money will ensure that Scott’s children are cared for. Some of the money will be donated for disaster relief for the recent flooding.

The settlement comes during a deadly year. According to the Washington Post, 750 people have been shot and killed by officers, just this year alone.

U.S.A. Today reports that the North Charleston mayor was pleased that the family was able to reach a settlement with the city without a need for a lawsuit. The settlement comes in the wake of many meetings between the city and the family. Both sides worked to resolve the matter outside of civil court.

The case highlights the fact that out-of-court settlements in wrongful death cases can often be effective and satisfactory, particularly if both parties are able to have fruitful discussions. Having a personal injury lawyer on your side in Charleston, North Carolina to work with you and the other side during the settlement process may be able to increase your chance of success.

Charleston city officials report that in the wake of Scott’s death, the city has taken important measures to hold officers accountable. Officers have been equipped with body cameras and many agencies have been involved in discussions to prevent reckless violence on unarmed and innocent individuals.

If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be facing a range of emotions. No amount of money can bring back the person lost, but financial compensation following a wrongful death can ensure that your family is protected. The Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. are personal injury lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina who may be able to help your family receive compensation for loss of companionship, income, emotional support, pain and suffering, and even, in some cases, punitive damages. Contact us today for a free, initial consultation.



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Scott Drescher, Personal Injury Lawyer in Charleston SC. imageMr. Drescher's knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury and wrongful death law have made him an outstanding personal injury and wrongful death attorney in South Carolina. He understands the thinking process of juries, due in part to his educational background in psychology and sociology. He is experienced in trying large civil cases, which has helped him become a very successful trial attorney in Charleston and the surrounding areas.
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