The city of Louisville, Kentucky has reached a settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, 26, after she was killed in her apartment by officers executing a drug warrant six months ago.
The local government paid Taylor’s family $12 million, the largest police settlement in the city’s history, according to a tweet thread from NBC News correspondent Blayne Alexander. In addition to the payout, the locality announced a host of law enforcement reforms, including a provision that police executives must approve search warrants before they can be OK’d by a judge, the correspondent tweeted.
Louisville also instituted a policy sending social workers to some mental health calls, Alexander wrote.
NOW: city of Louisville agrees to following in #BreonnaTaylor settlement:
-$12 million to family
-commanding officers must approve search warrants
-incentives for officers to live in city, improve relationships w/ community
-social workers help w/ mental health calls
— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) September 15, 2020
The Taylor family attorney, despite the settlement, said he will continue to demand charges for the officers involved in the 26-year-old’s death.
“Justice is multilayered,” he said, according to Alexander. “We are not going to stop our calls for the officers to face charges.”
Taylor’s family sued the city of Louisville after officers executed a no-knock narcotics warrant on her home during the dead of night, according to CNN. The 26-year-old’s boyfriend shot at police after he was reportedly unaware uniformed officers had attempted to gain entry to the home, CNN reported. (RELATED: Police Release Report From Breonna Taylor’s Death, List Injuries As ‘None’ Despite Her Reportedly Being Shot 8 Times)
Cops returned fire, killing Taylor, according to CNN. Officer Brett Hankinson was fired in June for “wantonly and blindly” firing nearly a dozen rounds into Taylor’s dwelling — the other two officers involved have not been disciplined, CNN reported.
The Louisville Metro Council passed “Breonna’s Law” in June that effectively banned the practice of no-knock police warrants within the city limits, according to the New York Times.
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