NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer while running away is marking the one year that has passed since his death.
Walter Scott's family is holding a moment of silence at his gravesite Monday, according to local media reports. The family says that Scott's mother, brother and other relatives will lay flowers on his grave and address the media.
Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, death of the 50-year-old Scott, who was running from a traffic stop. The shooting, captured on a bystander's cellphone video, reignited the national debate about how blacks are treated by law enforcement officers. In October, the city of North Charleston approved a $6.5 million civil settlement with Scott's family.
In January, Slager, 34, was allowed to leave jail after posting bond and is under house arrest at an undisclosed location in South Carolina. His trial is scheduled for later this year, and Slager faces 30 years to life without parole if convicted of murder.