$12 Million Settlement in Breonna Taylor Death

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Louisville’s metro government has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The amount dwarfed the city’s previous payment of $8.5 million in an earlier, unrelated case. The deal includes several policing reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge. The accord will provide housing credits to officers who agree to live within the city, and it would seek authority for drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting. A Jefferson County grand jury may screen the criminal case as soon as this week. The grand jury would decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the three officers involved in Taylor’s shooting death March 13 during a search for drugs, cash and other evidence in her apartment.

The city paid $8.5 million to Edwin Chandler, who was wrongly imprisoned for more than nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself. Taylor, 26, was shot and killed after officers broke down her apartment door to serve a signed “no-knock”search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away. Police say they knocked and announced their presence, but Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said he and Taylor didn’t know who was pounding on the door. When police battered in the door, Walker fired what he called a warning shot. Police say it struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. Mattingly and two other officers — detectives Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — returned fire. Taylor was hit five times and died in her hallway. Hankison has been fired, while Cosgrove and Mattingly remain on administrative reassignment.

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