Parents of man fatally shot by police officer visit shooting scene

VIDEO: Parents of man fatally shot by police officer visit shooting scene

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the first time since Walter Scott was shot dead by a former North Charleston police officer, Scott's parents visited the site where their son died.

The actual area of the shooting is now gated off, but Scott's parents and family members walked along the fence line slowly, pausing at times to cry and reflect.

Once they reached the area where the actual shooting happened, multiple family members broke down in tears and all prayed together.
The family's lawyer described it as closing a wound and Scott's brother said it was just something that needed to happen to bring closure.

"I, for the longest, tried to keep them away from the site but I know that some closure has to come," Anthony Scott, Walter's brother, said.

Walter Scott's mother was too emotional to speak Thursday.

The family's lawyer says they are focusing their case on The North Charleston Police Department and how this shooting could have possibly been prevented.

Scott was shot by former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager after a traffic stop on April 4. A video of the incident surfaced days after the shooting and Slager was charged with murder in Scott's death.

"Coming out here today with everything that's been going on lately was important for the family," Chris Stewart, the family's lawyer said. "It's important to close a wound by fully coming out here and seeing where it happened and it's important for the family to always get together and come together and do things like this."

The incident led to a push for police body cameras for law enforcement officers statewide.

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