Settlement reached in fatal Kentucky police shooting of Breonna Taylor

15 Septembre, 2020, 20:11 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor have agreed to a legal settlement with the city of Louisville, Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal and WAVE-TV.

In addition to the financial aspects of the settlement, the city is also expected to agree to a series of police reforms requested by the family, including a policy that all warrants be approved by a police commander before they are submitted to a judge for approval.

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed after Louisville Metro Police officers broke down her apartment door March 13 to serve a signed no-knock search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away. The city government will be making a public announcement at some point today, possibly by 2pm based on the reporting. The officers - who fired more than 25 bullets - said they returned fire after one officer was shot and wounded. Daniel Cameron, Kentucky's attorney general, released a statement this week saying the investigation was still ongoing.

None of the officers involved in her shooting have been arrested or charged, sparking an uproar among protesters. One officer, Brett Hankinson, was sacked in late June for "wantonly and blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment, then-interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder wrote.

At the time, Walker told police that he could hear knocking on the night of the shooting but did not hear police announce themselves.

Taylor's family sued the city on April 27 and named the three officers involved in her shooting - Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove - as defendants.

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None of the officers have been charged with a crime.

Walker fired his gun when officers stormed into the apartment and has since said he thought he was defending against a home invasion. Taylor was hit five times and died in her hallway.

Walker has filed a separate lawsuit against the city that has not yet been settled.

WDRB reports some changes have already been made, including a requirement "that all officers...wear and use body cameras when serving warrants".

One of the officers involved in the raid, Brett Hankison, was sacked in June. Hankison was later fired for his role in the incident.

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