Louisville settles with Breonna Taylor’s family for $12 Million, plus police reforms.But is that enough
On Tuesday, the City of Louisville, Kentucky, finally settled on a $12 million settlement for the wrongful death lawsuit in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT shot dead in her own house by police officers.
The settlement was announced at the office of Mayor Greg Fischer with Taylor’s family and their attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker all present.
The deal also came with the implementation of several police reforms as well called “Breonna’s Law,” including a requirement that search warrants be approved by police commanders before a judge sees them.
It also would give housing credits to Louisville Metro Police Department officers who agree to live within the city, and seeks authority for drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in shootings. Also, social workers would be dispatched with police officers in cases where assistance is needed with mental or emotional distress, and an early warning system to identify officers with red flags.
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Taylor was killed on March 13, shortly after midnight, when Louisville police were executing a search warrant at a residence they believed was connected to a narcotics investigation.They were investigating two men believed to have been selling drugs at a house 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment.
Police suspected that one of the two men had used her apartment to receive packages.
A judge had signed off a “no-knock” provision-a warrant which allowed officers to enter Taylor’s home without warning and without identifying themselves as law enforcement.
Police allege that the officers were “immediately met by gunfire” from Walker. According to the family’s wrongful death lawsuit, Walker, a licensed gun owner, shot an officer in the leg.The officers returned gun fire,firing dozens of times,shooting Taylor eight times.
The officers were supposed to announce themselves. They claim they did. Taylor’s boyfriend and eye witnesses deny this claim. (One who heard the raid as it happened said he heard the officers say “police” once.)
Brett Hankison, the detective who ran into the parking lot and shot through the patio door has been fired for “blindly” firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside, according to his termination letter. But the other officers have not been charged and they still have their jobs. However,a grand jury is expected to make a decision on their possible indictment.
Although he seemed pleased with the settlement and the reforms, Crump said that the family is insistent on the immediate arrest of the officers involved.
“We still are demanding that Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron bring charges immediately against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor,” he said. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”