Breonna Taylor’s Family Reaches Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit

The family of Breonna Taylor has reached a settlement in their wrongful death suit.

On Tuesday, family lawyer Sam Aguilar confirmed to CNN that the city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family for the March 13 killing of the 26-year-old EMT.

A source also told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the city has also agreed to enact police reforms, including how warrants are handled by law enforcement.

The insider told the AP that the settlement is the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case.

On March 13, white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove entered Taylor’s Louisville apartment on a no-knock search warrant in plainclothes, and fatally shot her multiple times.

The next month, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, filed a lawsuit alleging that police entered the residence unannounced, looking for a man who lived in Breonna’s building but not in her apartment.

In June, the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed “Breonna’s Law,” which bans no-knock search warrants, requires officers to have their body cameras on when conducting a search, and mandates that the body cameras be turned on from at least five minutes before the warrant is served to at least five minutes afterward.

That same month, Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department as Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said he “wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into” Taylor’s apartment.

However, the three cops have yet to be arrested and/or charged.

Despite the settlement, many are not convinced that justice has been served in Taylor’s case.

After reports of the settlement were announced, Until Freedom, a social justice organization, said in a statement:

"No amount of money will bring back Breonna Taylor. 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."

Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron released a message on Twitter that said the investigation into Taylor’s death is still ongoing. However, Cameron did not say whether or not he would charge the cops involved.


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