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On Tuesday, September 15 the city of Louisville granted Taylor’s family $12 million and police reform as part of the settlement.
On March 13, 2020, a 26-year-old African American was murdered by Lousiville Metro police officers, Johnathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove. She worked for the University of Louisville as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
The officers were serving a no-knock search warrant forcing their way into her apartment, where they exchanged gunfire with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. The officers fired over 20 shots, she was fatally shot eight times. The officers were dressed in plainclothes the day they entered her apartment, her boyfriend thought they were intruders.
The Police reform that was apart of the settlement, will change how and where officers live. The officers will be given housing credits to live in the same neighborhoods they police. Only high- ranking Commanders can approve a search warrant. The officers will be drug tested.
The president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League said “This is one of the largest settlements in the country for the life of a Black woman. It’s Monumental because it says that not only do Black lives matter but Black women’s lives matter.”
Ben Crump a civil rights attorney, that represented several police brutality victims said he believes Taylor’s settlement is one of the largest amounts ever paid out for a Black woman killed by police in the United States.
Although Breonna Taylor’s family received a $12 million lawsuit, many people view this as the first step toward obtaining justice for her, they want the police officers that killed her to be charged for murder.
Written by Jessica Letcher
Edited by Sheena Robertson
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