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Louisville, KY Reaches Wrongful Death Settlement over Breonna Taylor’s Killing by Police

HeadlineSep 16, 2020

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, announced Tuesday it will pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12 million and institute a slew of reforms to the police department responsible for her death, more than six months after police shot and killed the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician in her own apartment. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the historic settlement at a press conference with Breonna Taylor’s family. Attorney Benjamin Crump welcomed the agreement but demanded the criminal prosecution of the officers who entered Taylor’s apartment with a no-knock warrant and killed her on March 13.

Benjamin Crump: “We still are demanding that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron bring charges immediately against the police officers that murdered Breonna Taylor. Immediately. This week. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

As part of the settlement, Louisville named a dozen changes to how its police department will operate, including more oversight from top commanders and an early-warning system to identify police officers accused of excessive force. We’ll have more on the police killing of Breonna Taylor after headlines.

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