The family of a black man who was struck by a South Carolina officer after being arrested for fleeing a traffic stop earlier this year has reached a $650,000 civil settlement with the city.
Baltimore-based Attorney Benjamin Crump said that an undisclosed amount will be given to Markeis McGlockton’s family, provided that the family has no “failure of good faith to any portion of the settlement,” the The State newspaper reported.
“We’re going to give [the family] the financial resources and we’re going to work to fulfill the promises [the family] were supposed to be given by the city of Columbia and the Police Department,” Crump said.
McGlockton, 24, was arrested in July after attempting to flee a traffic stop outside of Columbia in Charleston County. McGlockton was charged with obstruction of justice and hit by a police officer with a stun gun after running into the street. Video shows McGlockton lying on the ground after being struck and his twin brother, Elijah, who was also with him at the time of the incident, quickly getting up from the ground after the tussle ended.
McGlockton died two days later at a Charleston hospital, and an autopsy report revealed that the injuries he suffered from the assault and, in addition to lack of oxygen to his brain, indicated that McGlockton probably was not breathing on his own before the incident, according to ClickSouth Carolina.
Attorney Joel Metzger was appointed to handle the family’s civil rights lawsuit against McGlockton’s Department of Public Safety colleague and officer Timothy White. According to Metzger, after the family and lawyer reached an agreement that would help the family to pay off their legal bills, they began to advocate for a settlement.
“[I was] contacted by [a] family member that wanted to know, could we do something and get their case resolved,” Metzger said.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook will now review the city’s policies and procedures regarding use of stun guns in pursuit of peacekeeping and surveillance officers, according to the State.
Holbrook said that White is still employed by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and will be required to take eight hours of additional training.
Lawsuits against McGlockton’s department and police officer have yet to be filed.
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