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Breonna Taylor: Louisville to pay family $12m over police shooting

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The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12m to the family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago and institute sweeping police reforms in a historic settlement of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Taylor’s family and their attorneys announced the settlement in a joint press conference on Tuesday.

Taylor’s family sued the city after Louisville Metro Police officers broke down the door to Taylor’s apartment and fatally shot the 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician on March 13, 2020.

On Tuesday, September, 15, the city of Louisville announced the large settlement at a 2 p.m. press conference which took place at Mayor Fischer’s office, with Taylor’s family and attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar, and Lonita Baker in attendance.

A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office confirmed the $12 million settlement is the highest ever paid by the city. Family attorney Benjamin Crump called the payout “historic” and said he believed it is one of the largest amounts ever paid out for a Black woman killed by police in the US.
As part of the settlement, the city agreed to establish a housing credit program as an incentive for officers to live in the areas they serve; use social workers to provide support on certain police runs; and require commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval, among other changes.
“Justice for Breonna means that we will continue to save lives in her honor,” said Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother. “No amount of money accomplishes that, but the police reform measures that we were able to get passed as a part of this settlement mean so much more to my family, our community, and to Breonna’s legacy.”
Mayor Fischer said the city is not admitting wrongdoing in the agreement.
“I cannot begin to imagine Ms. Palmer’s pain,” Fischer said. “And I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death.”

Her death sparked several anti-racism protests in recent months with several celebrities including Beyonce demanding justice for Breonna Taylor and calling for the arrest of police officers at the scene the night she was killed.

On Tuesday, Crump, attorney Lonita Baker and Palmer all continued to push for criminal charges against the officers involved.

Still, none of the officers involved in the flawed raid has been charged with a crime. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first Black person to hold the post and a Republican rising star, was made a special prosecutor in the case earlier this year, and the FBI has opened an investigation as well.

According to USA Today, a grand jury would decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the three officers involved in her shooting during a search for drugs, cash and other evidence in her South End apartment.

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