Published: Tue, September 15, 2020

City of Louisville agrees to 'substantial' settlement in Breonna Taylor shooting

City of Louisville agrees to 'substantial' settlement in Breonna Taylor shooting

Breonna Taylor's family has reached what is being described as a "substantial" settlement by a Louisville Courier-Journal source who is close to the wrongful death lawsuit proceedings. One officer, Brett Hankinson, was sacked in late June for "wantonly and blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment, then-interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder wrote. But, Aguiar said he hopes Metro Government's willingness to discuss significant police reforms is "a turning point".

The settlement comes six months after Taylor was shot and killed during a police drug raid where no drugs or money were found, NBC reports.

Police claim that they knocked and announced themselves before entering Taylor's apartment, but Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, has claimed that he and Taylor had no idea who was at their door on the night of the raid and that they believed they were being victimized by attempted robbers.

Walker was later arrested and charged after an officer was injured in the shooting.

According to several sources, the payout will reportedly overshadow any police settlement in Louisville's history.

Taylor was fatally shot eight times by police as they served a no-knock warrant at her apartment on March 13. Police say it struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh.

Police descended on her apartmen after securing a court-approved warrant as part of a drug investigation involving her ex-boyfriend that allowed officers to enter her home without any warning.

Hankison has been fired while Cosgrove and Mattingly remain on administrative reassignment.

In the crime scene photos, a body camera can be seen on officer Anthony James' right shoulder.

It alleges Taylor's life was wrongfully taken, that police used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent.

Attorney Sam Aguilar has expressed frustration with the City's response to Breonna's case.

"LMPD has tried to sweep this under the rug", Aguiar said at the time.

A warrant listed Taylor's name and address, but the main narcotics investigation was centered around Glover and co-defendants' alleged trafficking on Elliott Avenue in Louisville's Russell neighborhood.

Follow Darcy Costello on Twitter: @dctello.

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