Attorney: Faith will guide Walter Scott's family after shooting death

Attorney: Faith will guide Walter Scott's family after shooting death

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attorneys for the family of Walter Scott say faith will guide the family after the shooting death of their loved one by a North Charleston Police officer.

The attorneys met with the media after Scott's funeral service Saturday in Summerville, which was attended by hundreds of mourners.

"You would assume that they would be upset right now. That they're angry. That they're devastated. Those assumptions would be incorrect," lead attorney Chris Stewart said. "This family has shown time and time again that the thing that guides them is faith."

Stewart says the bigger picture is the epidemic of people's lives being taken by police officers.

"One of the greatest powers you have as a police officer is that you can deprive someone of their freedom or their life," the attorney said. "This situation will continue unless that is realized.

"This doesn't boil down to a racial issue. It's a human issue."

Stewart says the Scott shooting will change the way we look at each other and that Scott's legacy will live on.

"You will now think that maybe there is another side to the story. Maybe the police report needs to be looked into," he said. "The family is just fine with that."

He says he's received e-mails from people all over the world who support the Scott family, many who are white.

"This pain would hurt any color faith," Stewart said.

Attorney Justin Bamberg spoke to what he called issues with the child support system.

"The system presents problems for some people," he said.

Bamberg noted that Scott was employed prior to a previous arrest for missing child support payments, but lost his job due to his detainment. Bamberg said those child support payments continued to add up while Scott was in jail, making things even more difficult once he was released.

He said Walter Scott ran from Officer Michael Slager on that fateful day one week ago because he didn't want to go back to jail for failing to pay child support.

On the subject of whether or not race played a role in the April 4 incident, Stewart said he could not be sure.

"I don't know whether [Slager] did it because of race or not. I have not seen any direct evidence that would say one way or another," he said. "I would say that the officer's actions that day were very disgraceful to both the uniform and the badge that he was wearing."

When questioned if the other officers who responded to the shooting scene should be charged, Stewart said he needs more information before commenting.

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