The Louisville Courier Journal reported that the city of Louisville will pay $12 million to Breonna Taylor’s family.
On Tuesday, Kentucky officials reportedly agreed to pay several million dollars to the family of Breonna Taylor, who police fatally shot in March.
A source confirmed the payout to the Associated Press. As part of the settlement, the city of Louisville will reportedly also reform how police handle warrants.
Louisville narcotics officers fatally shot Taylor, 26, while executing a search warrant at her home. The warrant was one of five police issued as they investigated Taylor’s former boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. Glover was found 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment the same night as her shooting death, according to the Associated Press.
Louisville Metro police claimed the officers announced themselves and returned gunfire to Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27. Walker claimed he fired a single round, as he believed the officers were intruders.
Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault, but prosecutors dropped the charges due to a lack of evidence.
In late June, Louisville Metro police Interim Chief Robert Schroeder fired officer Brett Hankison, 44, in connection with the deadly raid. Schroeder said Hankinson “blindly” fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment and the unit next door. Hankinson appealed his termination days later.
The Louisville Courier Journal reported that the settlement made with Taylor’s family is expected to be significantly more than the largest payout city police have ever made. Before Tuesday, the biggest amount the city has paid to someone for police misconduct was $8.5 million. That settlement was reached with Edwin Chandler, who was imprisoned for nine years due to a homicide detective’s false statements.
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