Breonna Taylor: Family of black woman shot dead by US police to get $12m in settlement | US News


The family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot dead during a US police drug raid, is to receive millions of dollars from the city of Louisville in Kentucky.

As part of the financial settlement over a lawsuit brought by her mother Tamika Palmer, police practices will be reformed, including how warrants are handled by officers.

Ms Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was killed in March when police burst into her apartment using a so-called “no knock” arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.

Police typically use them in drug cases over concerns that evidence could be destroyed if they announce their arrival.

Ms Taylor was woken from her bed before being shot several times.

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A memorial for Breonna Taylor in the city of Louisville

Police found no drugs at her home and the killing sparked months of protests in the city.

There were also nationwide calls, including from TV host Oprah Winfrey and basketball star LeBron James, for the officers involved to be charged.

Ms Palmer filed a lawsuit in April against three Louisville officers, accusing them of wrongfully causing her daughter’s death.

The lawsuit alleged police used flawed information when they obtained the “no knock” warrant to enter the apartment, used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent.

Officer Brett Hankison, who shot 10 rounds blindly into the apartment, was sacked in June.

Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, who also opened fire, have been placed on administrative leave, along with the detective who requested the warrant.

None of the officers involved in the case have been charged.

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Ms Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was in the apartment with Ms Taylor and fired a single shot that struck an officer in the leg.

Mr Walker said he did not hear police announce themselves and said he thought he was guarding against an intruder.

Louisville has already taken some reform measures, including passing a law named after Ms Taylor that bans the use of no knock warrants.

Kentucky’s attorney general Daniel Cameron is investigating police actions over the 13 March shooting.

It is also being looked into by the FBI.



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