Family of South Carolina Teen Killed by Cop Settles for $2 Million

(Photo: Seneca Police Department)

Family of South Carolina Teen Killed by Cop Settles for $2 Million

Zachary Hammond died during a drug sting in a parking lot.

Published March 30, 2016

The family of Seneca, South Carolina, teenager Zachary Hammond, who was killed during a police-orchestrated drug sting, has settled with the city for $2,150,000, according to the family's attorney. The case caught the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement as yet another case of a young, unnarmed man killed by police despite the fact that Hammond was white.

Eric S. Bland said in a statement to BuzzFeed News, “Rather than endure a lengthy litigation process, both parties agree that an early resolution will allow a platform for healing for the Hammond family and the City of Seneca." Adding, “There will be no further legal proceedings between the parties.”

Lt. Mark Tiller of the Seneca police department hasn't been charged with any crime despite dashcam footage of the incident sparking outrage. The footage shows Tiller running toward the 19-year-old's car as Hammond tries to back out of the spot and then attempt to drive away as Tiller stands near the driver's side window holding his gun:

Tiller said he opened fired because he feared for his life, though the dashcam footage doesn't show him to be in any danger. Though both Tiller and Hammond were white, the Black Lives Matter movement came to the defense of Hammond and his family:

The multi-million dollar settlement deal marks the official end of the legal battle, but not the national debate around police brutality.

(Photo: Seneca Police Department)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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