Critics Still Demanding Criminal Charges in Taylor Killing

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Protesters who have spent more than 110 days calling for justice for Louisville’s Breonna Taylor said a $12 million settlement that includes several police reforms is a step toward closure for the city and the 26-year-old’s family. They won’t be satisfied until the officers who shot and killed the unarmed Black woman are fired and criminally charged in relation to her death, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Yes, it’s a pretty decent settlement. Breonna’s family deserves that and a million times more,” said Delaney Haley, a community organizer who has been a regular at local protests. “But we won’t have true justice until the cops who did that have to face some kind of repercussions. Fire, arrest, indict, convict. It’s just that simple.”

The demand has remained consistent since protests began in Louisville more than two months after Taylor was killed during a failed narcotics investigation at her apartment. Several protesters said any settlement seems like a “slap in the face” as long as officers involved in Taylor’s death remain on the city’s payroll. Officer Bret Hankison was fired for his role in the shooting. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove, who also fired shots at Taylor’s home, as well as Detective Joshua Jaynes, who applied for a “no-knock” search warrant at her address, remain on reassignment. City officials and attorneys for Taylor’s family announced the settlement Tuesday, with Mayor Greg Fischer laying out reforms around search warrants, community relations and police accountability. The reforms include a housing credit program that incentivizes officers to live within certain low-income census tracts; retaining social workers to support officers on dispatched runs; and requiring a commanding officer to approve all search warrants before an officer seeks judicial approval.

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