Louisville to pay $12 mil­lion to Bre­onna Tay­lor’s fam­ily and make changes to po­lice

Miami Herald - - Nation - BY DY­LAN LOVAN As­so­ci­ated Press

The city of Louisville agreed to pay $12 mil­lion to the fam­ily of Bre­onna Tay­lor and re­form po­lice prac­tices as part of a set­tle­ment an­nounced Tues­day, months after Tay­lor’s slay­ing by po­lice thrust the Black woman’s name to the fore­front of a na­tional reck­on­ing on race.

But Tay­lor’s mother and oth­ers who have taken up her cause said more must be done to right the wrongs of racial in­jus­tice in Amer­ica.

“Please con­tinue to say her name,” Tay­lor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, de­clared at an emo­tional news con­fer­ence, evok­ing the call that has be­come a na­tional re­frain for those out­raged by the shoot­ing and po­lice vi­o­lence.

Tay­lor’s death sparked months of protests in Louisville and calls na­tion­wide for the of­fi­cers to be crim­i­nally charged. The state’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, Daniel Cameron, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice ac­tions in the March 13 shoot­ing.

“I can­not be­gin to imag­ine Ms. Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Bre­onna’s death,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fis­cher in an­nounc­ing the terms of the law­suit set­tle­ment.

Stand­ing nearby as the mayor spoke, Palmer said the po­lice re­forms were not enough.

“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.”

The law­suit, filed by Palmer in April, ac­cused po­lice of us­ing flawed in­for­ma­tion when they ob­tained a “no-knock” war­rant to en­ter the 26-year-old woman’s apart­ment. Tay­lor and her boyfriend, Ken­neth Walker, were roused from bed by po­lice, and Walker said he fired once at the of­fi­cers, think­ing they were in­trud­ers. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say po­lice were re­turn­ing fire when they shot Tay­lor sev­eral times. No drugs were found at her home.

Dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the set­tle­ment ex­tended to “In­jus­tice Square“in down­town Louisville, where demon­stra­tors have gath­ered daily for 113 days, de­mand­ing jus­tice for Tay­lor. Some who lis­tened to the an­nounce­ment over a loud­speaker near a memorial for Tay­lor said the price for a life seemed low, the promised re­forms too lit­tle and too late.

“It’s just not enough,” said Holly McGlawn, who noted how much Tay­lor might have made had she lived. She was young, she could have worked for an­other 40 or 50 years, she said.

“You can’t put a price on a Black woman be­ing able to sleep at night and know she’s not go­ing to get mur­dered,” McGlawn said.

One of Palmer’s at­tor­neys, Ben Crump, said the $12 mil­lion pay­out is the largest such set­tle­ment given out for a Black woman killed by po­lice.

In the time since Tay­lor’s shoot­ing, her death — along with those of Ge­orge Floyd and oth­ers — has be­come a ral­ly­ing cry for pro­test­ers seek­ing a reck­on­ing on racial jus­tice and po­lice re­form. High-pro­file celebri­ties like Oprah Win­frey and LeBron James have called for the of­fi­cers to be charged in Tay­lor’s death.

The war­rant was one of five is­sued in a wide-rang­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a drug­traf­fick­ing sus­pect who was a for­mer boyfriend of Tay­lor’s. That man, Ja­mar­cus Glover, was ar­rested about 10 miles away from Tay­lor’s apart­ment on the same evening.

The set­tle­ment in­cludes re­forms on how war­rants are han­dled by po­lice, Mayor Fis­cher said.

Cour­tesy of Tay­lor fam­ily at­tor­ney Sam Aguiar via AP

Bre­onna Tay­lor, 26, was killed by po­lice who were serv­ing a no-knock war­rant for some­one else.

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