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Myrtle Beach City Leaders apologize to Julian Betton

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God

Myrtle Beach City leaders, including Mayor Brenda Bethune and City Manager John Pedersen met privately with Julian Betton this Sunday morning, Pentacost Sunday.

Betton is now paralyzed after being shot during a botched joint task, City of Myrtle Beach/Horry County drug raid in April 2015. The task force rushed the home unannounced, smashed the front door, and fired 29 bullets into Betton’s living room hitting him 9 times.

Betton settled his civil case against the City of Myrtle Beach for $8.5 million. The total settlement came to $11.25 million.

An apology from the city was not forthcoming at the time of settlement.

The City of Myrtle Beach took full responsibility for the incident today.

Three officers who participated in the raid lied under oath, as well as, in court. None of those officers were dismissed nor reprimanded.

A public apology from the city has now been scheduled, says Betton’s Lawyer, Jonny McCoy.

The city also promises to change its policies. Plans are to investigate the three officers involved.

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area.David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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