Grace Beahm, The Post And Courier via AP
FILE - Former North Charleston police office Michael Slager, is lead into court, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. A judge reached no decision Thursday on whether to grant bail for Slager, a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man following a traffic stop in coastal South Carolina.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) A city in South 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.


This story has been corrected to show that the settlement is in South Carolina, not North Carolina.