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Former Mayor Wetherington recounts Walker settlement

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Ten years ago today Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance analyst Kenneth Walker was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff during a suspected drug stop. No drugs or weapons were found in the vehicle. The shooting polarized the community, and touched off years of rallies, a 10,000 people march, and numerous lawsuits.

One of the suits was filed by Walker's family. They asked for $100 million damages in a Wrongful Death suit. When Jim Wetherington was elected mayor in 2006, he sought a settlement to try to bring some sense of harmony to the community. He turned to former mayor and friend, Frank martin. A settlement was reached in 2008.

"It was a hard sell to some people and people today don't particularly like it and hopefully that's in the minority.  I think it's brought harmony to our citizens as best as we can. Sometimes you got to step out, it may not be the popular thing to do," said Wetherington.

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