Man left paralyzed in SC drug raid files federal lawsuit


MYRTLE BEACH — A Myrtle Beach man is suing in federal court after he was paralyzed by shots fired by officers during a drug raid last April.

Local media outlets report that attorneys for Julian Betton sued this week, saying the raid violated their client’s constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizures.

The complaint says at least 12 heavily armed agents came to Betton’s apartment trying to serve a drug warrant. The lawsuit says surveillance video shows agents in bulletproof vests stormed the apartment without announcing themselves or knocking on the door.

Prosecutor Jimmy Richardson oversees the local drug unit and is named as a defendant. Richardson said the video does not have audio. He says that the officers said they knocked and announced themselves before entering the department.