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Louisville officials agree to pay Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million

The US city of Louisville, Kentucky has reached a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor in a civil lawsuit following the fatal shooting of the 26-year-old by police inside his apartment in March, the city’s mayor said.

The deal would be one of the highest such payouts in a police killing in years.

Greg Fischer spoke to Ms Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, as he announced the settlement at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I can’t begin to imagine Mrs. Palmer’s pain, and I’m deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death,” he said.

Ms Palmer pushed for charges to be brought against the officers involved in the shooting.

“As important as today is, it’s just the beginning of full justice for Breonna,” she said. “We must not lose sight of what the real driver is and that being said, it is time to move forward with the criminal charges because she deserves it and so much more.”

A lawsuit brought in April by Ms Palmer alleged that police used misinformation when they obtained a restraining warrant from Ms Taylor’s apartment late at night in March during an investigation into Drugs.

Ms Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were woken from bed by police, and Mr Walker said he once shot the officers, thinking he was an intruder. Witnesses said police did not identify themselves before entering.

Investigators say police were returning fire when they shot Ms Taylor multiple times. No drugs were found in her home.

“We will not let Breonna Taylor’s life be swept under the rug,” said Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for her family.

The largest colony

Mr Crump said the $12 million settlement is the largest such settlement awarded to a black woman killed by police.

Separately, a grand jury may soon be asked to weigh the charges in a possible criminal case against three officers involved in the shooting. Local prosecutors were heavily criticized for the long delay.

Sunday marked six months since the death of Ms Taylor, which has sparked months of protests in Louisville and nationwide, amid widespread Black Lives Matter protests.

One of the officers involved in the raid was fired in June, and the city banned the use of no-hit search warrants.

Brett Hankinson’s position was terminated for “wantonly and indiscriminately” firing 10 rounds into the apartment, according to his termination letter. Police said none of the three officers who took part in the raid were wearing body cameras.

Police reforms

In addition to a monetary settlement, the agreement between the city and the Taylor family includes several police reforms, according to reports, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they are presented to a judge.

Louisville’s largest prior settlement related to police misconduct was an $8.5 million wrongful imprisonment payment to a man who was convicted after an officer committed perjury during the trial, the Louisville said. Courier Journal.

Attorney Sam Aguilar confirmed that a settlement has been reached, telling CNN: “The city’s response in this case has been delayed and it’s been frustrating, but the fact that they’ve been willing to sit down and talking about significant reform was a step in the right direction and hopefully a turning point.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who was named special prosecutor on the case earlier this year, is expected to announce a charging decision soon. The FBI has also opened an investigation. – Guardian