Breonna Taylor’s family finally ended after the City of Louisville agreed to compensate the family for the wrongful killing of one of its members. The death occurred after three Louisville Police Department plainclothes officers executed a drug-related no-knock search warrant. The officers also arrived at the scene with unmarked cars, and without body cameras. Additionally, they did not announce themselves – a perfect recipe for disaster.
The responding officers found Breonna in bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Her lover, who is a licensed gun owner, mistook the incident for a home invasion and opened fire injuring one officer. In response, the officers shot back, striking Breonna eight times leading to her death.
Walker survived the incident but was accused of attempted murder, a charge that was later dropped. Breonna’s death was the subject of various protests, including a gathering in downtown Louisville that lasted 113 days, and a protracted court battle.
To end the ongoing legal challenge, the City of Louisville agreed to compensate Breonna’s family with $12 million. Additionally, the city will institute police reforms that would prevent a similar incident from happening. This includes an end to the no-knock search warrant.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also apologized to Breonna’s family for the loss of their loved one. He also fired the former police chief Steve Conrad and Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the shooting.
“I cannot begin to imagine Ms. Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death,” the Mayor said.
However, Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, said that the compensation was not enough. She called for the criminal prosecution of those involved in Breonna's death.
“We must not lose focus on what the real job is, and with that being said, it’s time to move forward with the criminal charges, because she deserves that and much more,” Palmer said. “As significant as today is, it’s only the beginning of getting full justice for Breonna.”
Tamika’s attorney, Ben Crump, said he expected full justice from the criminal justice system.
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