City of Louisville Agrees to Pay Millions to Breonna Taylor’s Family

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2020

Previously, the largest amount the city had paid to settle police allegations was $8.5 million.

These are believed to include a requirement that all search warrants are approved by a senior officer, the newspaper says.

The Taylor settlement would also see the city make changes on how police warrants are carried out by officers, The Associated Press reported, citing a person who has seen the settlement. We need those involved in her murder to be arrested and charged. The police union did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The city government will be making a public announcement at some point today, possibly by 2pm based on the reporting. Friday marked the 100th-straight day of people protesting to demand justice for Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, who was fatally shot by police in her apartment on March 13.

Taylor's family sued the city on April 27 and named the three officers involved in her shooting - Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove - as defendants. Her death, along with the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died May 25 after a now-former Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground with his knee, has triggered worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.

A grand jury could soon decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the officers, local media report.

During the exchange, Ms Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was shot eight times and later died.

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Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker had been sleeping in bed when the officers served the warrant at around 1am.

Walker fired his gun when officers stormed into the apartment and has since said he thought he was defending against a home invasion.

At the time, Walker told police that he could hear knocking on the night of the shooting but did not hear police announce themselves. When the door crashed in, Walker fired a shot at what he believed were the intruders, striking one of the officers in the leg.

It comes just weeks after crime scene photos emerged publicly that showed a number of shell casings in and near the EMT's apartment.

It alleges Taylor's life was wrongfully taken, that police used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent.

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