- The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has settled the lawsuit brought by the family of Breonna Taylor, the Black woman killed by the police there in March.
- It’s paying her family $12 million.
- In addition to the payment, the settlement includes significant police reforms, such as a mandate that all search warrants be approved by a commander before heading to a judge.
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The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has arrived at a settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, the Black woman shot dead by the police in March.
The city said on Tuesday that it would pay her family $12 million to settle their wrongful-death lawsuit. The settlement also includes reforms for Louisville’s police department, such as a mandate that all search warrants be approved by a commander before heading to a judge.
Additionally, housing credits will be given to officers who choose to reside in Louisville, city officials said in a press conference.
Taylor’s family sued the city after police officers killed Taylor, 26, in her home on March 13. The officers, pursing a narcotics bust, used a “no-knock” warrant, meaning they were not required to identify themselves before entering her home.
The officers shot Taylor multiple times. They later argued that they were returning fire after one of the officers was shot in the thigh.
One of the officers, Brett Hankison, has been removed from his job. None of the officers has been arrested or charged with a crime. A grand jury is expected to convene soon to decide whether to file criminal charges against them.
Taylor’s family still wants criminal charges against the officers
“As significant as today is, it’s only the beginning of getting full justice for Breonna,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said Tuesday. “We must not lose focus on what the real job is. And with that being said, it’s time to move forward with the criminal charges, because she deserves that and much more.”
Tamika Mallory, an activist, echoed Palmer. “A settlement is restitution,” Mallory said, “but it’s not arresting the cops.”
At the press conference, Mayor Greg Fischer didn’t commit to firing the other officers involved in the shooting. He said the attorney general’s investigation into the case was ongoing.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” Fischer said. “Now we’re going to wait for the rest of the process to continue.”
The settlement came as protests against police brutality continue to sweep the nation. Demonstrators have argued for substantial police reform since George Floyd, a Black man, was killed at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. Protests reignited last month after the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back multiple times as he attempted to get in his car.
Outrage over Taylor’s shooting also spread, with high-profile figures like Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, calling for a federal investigation.
The protests in Louisville have already yielded significant changes. The city council passed “Breonna’s Law,” which bans no-knock warrants, and the police chief was fired in June following a separate police shooting.
Fischer said that the settlement didn’t acknowledge wrongdoing by the city and that it was not necessarily a reflection that the officers did something wrong.
“It’s just an acknowledgment of the need for reform and the need for a settlement to take place,” he said.
The Louisville Metro Police Department declined to comment on the settlement.
This article has been updated.