Walter Scott – the black driver fatally shot while running away from a white police officer during a traffic stop – was remembered at his funeral Saturday as a gentle soul who fell victim to an act of racism.
Hundreds of mourners crowded into W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center for a two-hour service in memory of Scott, a father of four and Coast Guard veteran whose death sparked outrage as another instance of a white law enforcement officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man under questionable circumstances.
The Rev. George Hamilton, a minister at W.O.R.D. Ministries, told the overflow crowd as Scott’s funeral ended that the shooting “was an act motivated by overt racism,” and that the officer who shot him, Michael Slager, was a disgrace to the North Charleston Police Department.
“We will not indict the entire law enforcement community for the act of one racist,” Hamilton said.