Louisville paying Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million, may charge officers

by Peter Heck · Sep 16th, 2020 8:38 am

Last Updated Sep 16th, 2020 at 11:35 am

After months of anticipation, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, announced a $12 million financial settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, the ER technician who was tragically shot to death by police following a no-knock search warrant.

The $12 million payout marked the largest ever made by police. The city also announced a number of reforms it said it hopes can prevent similar incidents in the future.

"I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna's death," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "...These are significant policy changes on top of many others we have already made, including those that are part of Breonna's Law, as well as changes to policies on use of force and if tear gas would ever need to be used."

One of the three officers involved in the shooting, Brett Hankison, was fired from the department in June, as a result of an investigation into the incident. However, he nor the other two officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, have been formally charged with any crimes.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced he continues weighing the evidence and is still considering prosecuting the officers.


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