The city of Louisville will pay millions of dollars to the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was killed by police during a raid on her apartment as part of a legal settlement with the family, the president of the Louisville Metro Council said.
The settlement also requires the city to implement police reforms, including a mandate for regulators to sign search options, said David James, the council’s president, who said a city official informed him of the settlement Tuesday. He said he was not free to disclose the size of the settlement amount.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and attorneys for Mrs. Taylor’s family were expected to detail the settlement at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. A representative of the mayor̵
Mrs Taylor’s deaths have sparked nationwide protests and focused attention on race and law enforcement issues, as have other high-profile incidents, including the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Mrs Taylor, an emergency technician, was sleeping in bed with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, when three ordinary police officers broke through the front door of her apartment early in the morning of March 13, according to an unlawful death case brought by her family against the officers. Investigators said an alleged drug dealer they were pursuing had received packages at Ms. Taylor’s home, according to a search warrant.