Source: ‘Substantial’ settlement in Breonna Taylor case to be announced
LOUISVILLE, Texas (ABC) — The City of Louisville is expected to announce a ‘substantial’ financial settlement Tuesday in the Breonna Taylor shooting.
Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago.
The settlement with Taylor’s family may be announced as early as 2 p.m., ABC says according to an inside source.
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 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.
This large civil suit settlement comes as a Jefferson County grand jury is likely to 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 Taylor’s shooting death. It all took place on March 13, when Louisville Metro Police officers broke down her apartment door to serve a signed no-knock search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away.
Police say they knocked and announced their presence, but Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said he and Taylor didn’t know who was pounding on the door. When police battered in the door, Walker fired what he later called a warning shot. Police say it struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. Mattingly and two other officers. Detectives Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove returned fire.
Taylor was hit five times and died in her hallway.
Hankison has been fired while Cosgrove and Mattingly remain on administrative reassignment. The suit was filed April 27 and named the three officers as defendants. It alleges Taylor’s life was wrongfully taken, that police used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent.
To date, the largest amount the city has paid to settle allegations of police misconduct is 8.5 million dollars to Edwin Chandler in 2012, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself.