• Matt Esnayra

The City of Louisville agrees to a $12 Million settlement with Breonna Taylor's family

Courtesy of Family of Breonna Taylor

The City of Louisville has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was shot five times by Louisville Metropolitan Police officers during an execution warrant at her apartment, the Courier-Journal is reporting.

What happened:

The settlement is the most ever the city of Louisville has ever paid out in a settlement and according to the Courie-Journal, the Tayor settlement is higher than the settlements reached, by the city of Cleveland and New York City over the deaths of Tamir Rice and Eric Gardner.

  • Breonna Taylor's killing, along with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmad Arbery, revitalized the Black Lives Matter movement and placed greater scrutiny on policing in communities of color.

  • The settlement included police reforms like the hiring of social workers to serve within the LMPD, a housing credit program to incentivize officers to live in low-income communities, and a new warrant review system, in which the commanding officer has to review and approve all search warrants, affidavits, and risk matrixes before an officer attempts judicial approval for the warrant.

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