*(Via USA Today) – Walter Scott, the 50-year-old black man who was fatally shot in the back by a white police officer, was buried Saturday by family and friends who called for broad changes in how police deal with powerless people of all backgrounds.
Pastor George Hamilton told the congregation that Scott died “as a result of overt racism … hatred in that officer’s heart.”
“This particular officer was a disgrace, but we will not indict the department for the act of one racist,” he said.
“We can’t bring Walter back, but we certainly want justice to be done,” he said.
In brief remarks to reporters after the service, three attorneys for the family said the Scotts hoped to use the tragedy to make substantive changes in how the police and people of all backgrounds interact.
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