Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a $12 million settlement for the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago in a botched police raid.
In addition to the payment, which is the largest settlement ever paid by Louisville police, the deal includes several policing reforms, such as changes to the approval process for and execution of search warrants, the hiring of a team of social workers to accompany police officers and a commitment to pursue increased drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting. No officers have been charged.
So Breonna Taylor has gotten a law (the Breonna Law– a measure banning the use of no-knock warrants, which allow police to forcibly enter peoples home without warning), a magazine cover, a tv special and a family wrongful death settlement…. everything but the arrest and charges she deserves. All distractions, no real justice.
The family’s attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Sam Aquiar, and Lonita Baker are still demanding that the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is leading the investigation, bring charges against the three white officers who shot into Taylor’s apartment.