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The city of Louisville will reportedly pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor as part of a legal settlement six months after the.
Taylor, a 26-year-old who worked for two local hospitals, and her boyfriend were asleep in their apartment on March 13 when Louisville officers executed a “no-knock” search warrant looking for a suspected drug dealer who lived in a different part of town. Taylor was shot eight times, spurring anand unleashing a wave of protests alongside the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
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A month after her death, Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three officers involved, alleging authorities used excessive force., the family also claimed Taylor’s death was the result of a politically-driven police operation “to clear out” a Louisville street to make way for a multi-million gentrification plan.
, which first reported the multi-million dollar settlement, states the deal also includes several police reforms that will address officer accountability and how search warrants are executed. At least one of the new requirements will force commanders to approve all warrants before they are presented to a judge, .
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The deal marks the largest settlement paid by the city of Louisville for a police misconduct case.
The officers involved—Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove—have not been charged for the March 13 incident. A Jefferson County grand jury is expected to meet as early as this week to decide whether criminal charges should be filed.
Internal records obtained by theshowed that the “no-knock” search warrant was granted by a judge as part of a narcotics investigation into suspected drug dealer Jamarcus Glover, who Taylor once dated.
An affidavit summarizing the investigation alleged that Glover went to Taylor’s apartment in January and left with a “suspicious USPS package” before going to a “known drug house.” The warrant also stated that a car registered to Taylor was seen in front of the “drug house” on several occasions, which was about 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment.
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A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong, with prosecutors saying Wednesday two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves. © Provided by The LA Times Louisville police detain a man after a group marched, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky.
In reality, neither Taylor nor her boyfriend Kenny Walker had “any criminal history for drugs of violence,” or any drugs at the apartment, aalleged.
The Taylor family’s amended lawsuit alleged that a newly-formed police unit “deliberately misled” narcotics detectives to target Glover’s home on Elliott Avenue, too, as part of a gentrification project. The city strongly denied the allegation.
“Breonna’s home should never have had police there in the first place,” the amended lawsuit, filed by Taylor’s family in Jefferson Circuit Court in July, stated. “When the layers are peeled back, the origin of Breonna’s home being raided by police starts with a political need to clear out a street for a large real estate development project and finishes with a newly formed, rogue police unit violating all levels of policy, protocol, and policing standards.”
The no-knock entry is only granted in investigations where there is reasonable suspicion that an announced entry would be dangerous. In this case, officers argued it was needed because “these drug traffickers have a history of attempting to destroy evidence, have cameras on the location that compromise detectives once an approach to the dwelling is made, and have a history of fleeing from law enforcement.”
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Angry protesters demanded justice for Breonna Taylor in cities across the United States on Wednesday after charges were filed against only one policeman involved in the controversial fatal shooting of the 26-year-old black woman, whose name has become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement. The biggest protest was in Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, where Taylor was killed in March, but demonstrators took to the streets across the nation -- from New York and Boston to Washington to Los Angeles.
Authorities initially claimed that, despite being granted a “no-knock” entry, the officers “knocked on the door several times and announced their presence” when they arrived at Taylor’s home at around 1 a.m. They thenauthorities said.
However, the lawsuit alleged that, not only did the plainclothes officers enter the home “without knocking and without announcing themselves,” but they approached the house in unmarked cars “which kept them from being detected by neighbors.”
Walker was startled awake and believed the apartment was being burglarized. The couple walked out to the hallway, terrified by “loud bangs sounds” and the front door coming off its hinges, the lawsuit stated.
“Breonna and Kenny become scared. It’s late,” the lawsuit stated. “There’s no good or safe reason for people to be at the home at this hour. There’s no good or safe reason for those knocking to not say who they are.”
The lawsuit stated Walker, 28, used his legal firearm to fire one gunshot out of self-defense, hitting Mattingly in the thigh and prompting officers to return fire with more than 20 rounds. Eight of those shots hit Taylor. Injust after the shots were fired, the 28-year-old told a dispatcher that “somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend.” Authorities have admitted there was from the raid.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Anger, frustration and sadness over the decision not to charge Kentucky police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death poured into America’s streets as protesters lashed out at a criminal justice system they say is stacked against Black people. Activists, celebrities and everyday Americans have been calling for charges since Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation in March.
According to the lawsuit, Taylor “was not killed immediately” from the gunfire, but “lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home.”
Meanwhile, officers across town who initially couldn’t find Glover at the Elliott Avenue residence had located him at around 11:40 p.m. Nevertheless, they still moved forward with the search warrant at Taylor’s home.
Walker was initially charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer but Kentucky prosecutorsin May. Glover offered him a plea deal in exchange for testimony that would falsely incriminate her in drug offenses.
In April, Hankison wasHe showed an “extreme indifference to the value of human life” by allegedly “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s home, his said.
The other two officers and the detective who requested the warrant were placed on administrative leave. An internal memo indicated they couldn’t be suspended without pay because there wasn’t “indisputable evidence” of what happened.
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