North Charleston sells land after police shooting settlement


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — North Charleston is selling some city land to help offset the cost of a $6.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white city police officer.

Mayor Keith Summey tells The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2ajyTyW ) that the city used $5 million from its general fund to help pay for the settlement reached last year with the family of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

The city plans to auction about 28 acres of city-owned land next month to help replenish its general fund.

Scott was shot in April of 2015 while running from a traffic stop in an incident captured on cellphone video. The former officer, Michael Slager, goes on trial in state court on a murder charge in October.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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