09.15.2020

Louisville announces $12M settlement, police reforms in wake of Breonna Taylor shooting

Louisville announces $12M settlement, police reforms in wake of Breonna Taylor shooting Photo Courtesy USA Today

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a $12 million settlement Tuesday afternoon with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago.

In addition to the payment, which is the largest settlement ever paid by Louisville police, the deal includes several policing reforms, such as changes to the approval process for and execution of search warrants, the hiring of a team of social workers to accompany police officers and a commitment to pursue increased drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting.

The settlement, first reported Tuesday morning by The Louisville Courier Journal of the USA TODAY Network, was announced at a 2 p.m. press conference at Mayor Fischer's office, with Taylor's family and attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker.

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