City of Louisville Settles With Breonna Taylor Family
The City of Louisville will announce a settlement in the civil lawsuit brought by Breonna Taylor’s family following her death during a police raid gone wrong.
Louisville’s metro government is expected to announce a “substantial” financial settlement Tuesday with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago, The Courier Journal has learned.
The settlement is expected to be announced at a 2 p.m. press conference at Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, with Taylor’s family and attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker.
The settlement amount has not been disclosed, but it is expected to dwarf the biggest payout previously made by police, according to a person knowledgeable about the details who said he could not be identified.
The largest amount the city has paid to date to settle allegations of police misconduct was $8.5 million to Edwin Chandler in 2012, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself.
In addition to the payment, the deal is expected to include several policing reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge, the person told The Courier Journal.
Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said the city’s handling of the case has been slow and frustrating.
But, Aguiar said he hopes Metro Government’s willingness to discuss significant police reforms is “a turning point.”
A spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Fischer declined to comment.
The accord will also provide housing credits to officers who agree to live within the city, and it would seek the authority for drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting.
A large settlement in the civil suit brought by Taylor’s family comes as a Jefferson County grand jury may screen the criminal case as soon as this week.
The grand jury would decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the three officers involved in her shooting death March 13 during a search for drugs, cash and other evidence in her South End apartment that went awry.