BY RON BARNETT
The family of Zachary Hammond settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Seneca for $2.15 million, more than eight months after the teenager was shot and killed by a Seneca police officer, the family’s attorney said Tuesday.
The settlement doesn’t admit fault on the part of the city, the police chief or the officer who shot and killed the 19-year-old in an attempted drug bust, but it sends “a loud signal” about its police procedures, Eric Bland, who represented the family said.
“I think there should be lessons learned from all concerned, how confrontations with unarmed citizens should take place,” Bland told The Greenville News.
“I think there’s a message being sent to a lot of people who said this was a good shooting and nothing was done wrong,” he said.
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