City Of Louisville Settles With Breonna Taylor’s Family Over No-Knock Wrongful Death Suit

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The city of Louisville, Kentucky has reached a settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, 26, after she was killed in her apartment by officers executing a drug warrant six months ago.

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The local government is set to announce a “substantial” settlement with Taylor’s family, and Mayor Greg Fischer will announce more details at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Courier Journal. The exact amount of the settlement has not yet been released, but sources told the local outlet that it may be the city’s largest police payout to date.

The mid-day announcement will also include a host of law enforcement reforms, including a provision that police executives must approve search warrants before they can be approved by a judge, according to the Courier Journal.

Taylor’s family sued the city of Louisville after officers executed a no-knock narcotics warrant on her home during the dead of night, according to CNN. The 26-year-old’s boyfriend shot at police after he was reportedly unaware uniformed officers had attempted to gain entry to the home, CNN reported.

Cops returned fire, killing Taylor, according to CNN. Officer Brett Hankinson was fired in June for “wantonly and blindly” firing nearly a dozen rounds into Taylor’s dwelling — the other two officers involved have not been disciplined, CNN reported.

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The Louisville Metro Council passed “Breonna’s Law” in June that effectively banned the practice of no-knock police warrants within the city limits, according to the New York Times.

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1 Comment

  1. Political calculus – they had a lawful warrant (I don’t agree with no knocks except in the most egregious cases like busting into a verified crack house) and they were shot at first – unfortunate result, but the city would have won in court – they chose not to for politics

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