More than six months after Taylor was killed inside her apartment when police officers executed a “no-knock” search warrant, the city is ready to pay its highest settlement ever, a city spokeswoman told CNN.
The city previously paid $ 8.5 million for the erroneous conviction of Edwin Chandler, who served nine years in prison for a 1993 murder before being released, CNN-affiliated WLKY reported.
Cities across the country have previously entered into monetary agreements following high-profile police attacks. Cleveland agreed to pay $ 6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, and New York City agreed to pay Eric Garner’s family $ 5.9 million.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who has represented the families of several victims of police brutality ̵
1; including George Floyd and Jacob Blake – said he believes Taylor’s settlement is one of the largest sums ever paid to a black woman killed by police in USA.
While it is unclear where the payout to Taylor’s family is among all police misdemeanors in the country, there are other major payments that stem from police shootings in recent years:
The city of Minneapolis announced a $ 20 million settlement last year – the largest settlement in the city’s history – following the death of Justine Ruszczyk in 2017.
Ruszczyk, 40, had called 911 to report a possible attack in the alley behind her home when she was shot by former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who responded to her call.
Ruszczyk’s death in 2017 attracted widespread attention in the United States and in her home country of Australia. She had moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé and was killed a month before her wedding.
Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter. In June, a Minnesota judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison. Noor has appealed the verdict, CNN-affiliated WCCO reported.
Local officials in Chicago approved a $ 16 million settlement in 2018 after a black woman was shot and killed by police while officers responded to a disturbance call.
Bettie Jones, 55, and her 19-year-old neighbor were shot and killed during an incident in 2015. The teenager’s father told CNN he hoped police would help his son when he called 911. Instead, an officer shot the teenager dead in an apartment building in Chicago after Jones reportedly responded to either a knock or ring the doorbell.
When police arrived, the teenager loaded down the stairs with a baseball bat, CNN-affiliated WLS reported, and an officer opened fire.
Jones was “accidentally hit and tragically killed,” Chicago police said at the time.
City officials agreed to pay $ 16 million to Jones’ family, considered one of the largest settlements for a police shooting in the city’s history, CNN-affiliated WBBM and the Chicago Tribune reported.
A 2018 jury convicted in favor of the family of a black woman who was shot and killed by police in Baltimore County, Maryland, and awarded more than $ 37 million in a civil lawsuit.
Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed in August 2016 after an hour-long standoff with Baltimore County police. She was trying to livestream the meeting with police, authorities said at the time.
Her then 5-year-old son was also shot twice, said Kenneth Ravenell, a lawyer for the child and his father, Corey Cunningham.
A judge overturned the verdict last year. Gaines’ family appealed the decision, and a special appeals judge ruled in their favor in July, CNN-affiliated WBAL reported.
CNN’s Toby Lyles contributed to this story.