Family of black man fatally shot by officer: Justice served

In this April 4, 2015 photo, investigators collect evidence at the scene following an officer involved shooting in North Charleston, S.C. City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed a dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing man several times in the back. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charges at a news conference in which he said Slager made "a bad decision." (AP Photo/The Post And Courier, Paul Zoeller)
In this April 4, 2015 photo, investigators collect evidence at the scene following an officer involved shooting in North Charleston, S.C. City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, April 7, hours after law enforcement officials viewed a dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing man several times in the back. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charges at a news conference in which he said Slager made "a bad decision." (AP Photo/The Post And Courier, Paul Zoeller)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Family members of a black motorist fatally shot in the back by a white police officer said they are thankful for a video that led to a murder charge against the officer.

Anthony Scott is the brother of the man shot Saturday, Walter Lamer Scott. He told a news conference Tuesday night that because of the video, “we have received the truth” and “through the process, justice has been served.”

The Scotts’ mother, standing next to her husband, shouted out “Thank you, Lord!” and “Hallelujah!” as the family’s lawyer began the news conference.

The lawyer, L. Chris Stewart, said the family plans to file a lawsuit against the police department.

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