The city of Louisville has reportedly agreed to settle with the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed by police officers six months ago.
As CNN reports, the city has agreed to a $12 million settlement over the wrongful death on March 13, after law enforcement officers used a no-knock warrant to enter her apartment, shot, and killed her.
More details from @courierjournal: In addition to “substantial” settlement w/Breonna Taylor’s family, the deal is expected to include several policing reforms, from search warrant process to seeking drug & alcohol testing of officers involved in shootings. https://t.co/Pg7YpTicCj
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) September 15, 2020
The warrant was used as part of a narcotics operation and was approved by a judge. The judge was presented evidence that Taylor’s former boyfriend was using her apartment as part of his drug trade including the fact her address was listed as his primary residence.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is expected to announce the settlement later Tuesday in a joint press conference with the Taylor family’s attorneys. Speaking to News Radio 840 WHAS on Tuesday morning, Fischer declined to comment on the settlement, saying, “I don’t have anything to announce on that at this time.”
Taylor’s family sued the city after Louisville Metro Police officers broke down the door to Taylor’s apartment and fatally shot her while executing a late-night, “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13.
On the night of March 13, officers broke into the apartment to look for suspected drugs but were fired upon immediately after knocking in the door. The officers returned fire, striking and killing Taylor. The officers who conducted the operation said they identified themselves as police officers before breaking in through the front door but Taylor’s boyfriend, who was in the apartment, disputed this claim.
The boyfriend said he thought the apartment was being broken into and swiftly acted to defend his home. One officer was struck.
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) September 15, 2020
No drugs were found as a part of the operation.
CNN reports social justice organization Until Freedom released a statement criticizing the city, calling for those responsible to be charged.
“No amount of money will bring back Breonna Taylor,” the statement read. “We see this settlement as the bare minimum you can do for a grieving mother. The city isn’t doing her any favors. True justice is not served with cash settlements. We need those involved in her murder to be arrested and charged. We need accountability. We need justice.”
A settlement is necessary, but if this is all that happens, the citizenry is footing the bill for the mistreatment of the citizenry. https://t.co/ucEnsYxhI4
— Jonathan H. Adler (@jadler1969) September 15, 2020