Settlement reached in Breonna Taylor case

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

As for the wrongful death settlement he says.

The mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2 PM today but the settlement is said to have been for a "significant dollar amount" with "significant police reforms".

The settlement is expected to be the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case, according to a person who has seen the agreement, and will see new reforms introduced to the police. Also, any officer that is involved in a shooting will need to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Louisville apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a "no-knock" search warrant.

The settlement could be announced as early as 2pm.

The lawsuit, filed in April by her mother, Tamika Palmer, alleged the police used flawed information when they obtained a "no-knock" warrant to enter the Black woman's apartment in March.

Taylor was shot multiple times. Although the warrant in question listed Taylor's name and address, it was clear that police's investigation was centered on a suspected drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover, who had already been arrested by police at a location 10 miles from Taylor's residence before the ill-fated raid on Taylor's apartment. The other two officers involved in the raid have been reassigned to administrative duty while the case is being investigated. Since her death, the police chief was sacked in June after a separate police shooting, and the Louisville city council passed "Breonna's Law", which banned no-knock search warrants.

No charges have been filed against the officers. Daniel Cameron, Kentucky's attorney general, released a statement this week saying the investigation was still ongoing.

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

NYT notes officers claimed they announced themselves, but Walker claims he did not hear them. The officers - who fired more than 25 bullets - said they returned fire after one officer was shot and wounded.

It comes just weeks after crime scene photos emerged publicly that showed a number of shell casings in and near the EMT's apartment. Another officer, Myles Cosgrove, can be seen in the photos wearing a body camera holder.

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