Six months after Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed by police in her home, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay her family a historic $12 million settlement.
Introduced Tuesday, the settlement also contains a promise from the city to adopt police reforms, including mandatory safeguards and an early warning system for officers accused of using excessive force. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer regards these reforms as “the right thing to do” to prevent another similar tragedy. Mike O’Connell, who represented the city in the settlement, sees the agreement as “the next step in building a more just Louisville.”
Taylor was killed after city officers executed a no-knock search warrant in what has been described as a “botched drug raid.” Although the officer who killed Taylor was fired in late June, the parties involved have not faced criminal charges. While the settlement is substantial, it lacks any admission of wrongdoing by the city or officers. Taylor’s family and community organizers see this as the first of many steps toward justice.