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The city of Louisville reaches a ‘substantial’ agreement with Breonna Taylor’s family

Multiple reports suggest the city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to a settlement deal with Breonna Taylor’s family.

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Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, addresses the media in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, addresses the media in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has reportedly reached a “substantial” agreement with Breonna Taylor’s family, according to multiple reports.

What’s going on?

The city of Louisville has reportedly reached a financial settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, which had been filed by Taylor’s family.

Officials agreed to pay the family $12 million, according to The New York Times.

  • An unnamed source told The Associated Press beforehand that the deal “would be the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case.”
  • The largest known amount paid to settle police misconduct was $8.5 million in 2012 to Edwin Chandler, who was imprisoned for nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself, The Courier Journal reports.

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer and Taylor’s family attorneys are expected to make a statement regarding the settlement on Tuesday, The Courier Journal reports.

  • The deal is expected to include police reforms, too. And it will reportedly require approval by a judge for all search warrants.

The context:

Taylor died in March when police officers executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment and shot her eight times. Her death sparked a number of nationwide protests for months. Protesters called for the officers involved in the shooting to face criminal charges. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is investigating the police actions in the fatal shooting.

What was the reaction?

For months social media has been calling for the arrest of the officers, including some NBA players in the bubble. The reaction to Tuesday’s settlement continued to that trend.