Slain woman’s family set­tles suit in po­lice shoot­ing

San Francisco Chronicle - - NATION - By Dy­lan Lo­van Dy­lan Lo­van is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

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

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 fa­tal shoot­ing.

“I can­not be­gin to imag­ine Ms. Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Bre­onna’s death,” Fis­cher said, re­fer­ring to Tay­lor’s mother, Tamika Palmer.

At Tues­day’s news con­fer­ence, an emo­tional Palmer pushed for charges against the of­fi­cers in­volved in the shoot­ing.

“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.

The law­suit, filed in April by Palmer, al­leged the po­lice used flawed in­for­ma­tion when they ob­tained a “no­knock” war­rant to en­ter the 26­year­old woman’s apart­ment in March. Tay­lor and her boyfriend were roused from bed by po­lice, and her boyfriend, Ken­neth Walker, has said he fired once at the of­fi­cers think­ing it was an in­truder. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say po­lice were re­turn­ing fire when they shot Tay­lor sev­eral times. No drugs were found at her home.

“We won’t let Bre­onna Tay­lor’s life be swept un­der the rug,” said Ben Crump, an at­tor­ney for Tay­lor’s family.

Crump said the $12 mil­lion set­tle­ment is the largest of its kind given out for a Black woman killed by po­lice. He also called for charges against the of­fi­cers and urged peo­ple to “say her name,” a phrase that has be­come a re­frain for those out­raged by the shoot­ing.

Fis­cher said the civil set­tle­ment has noth­ing do with the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The news con­fer­ence was broad­cast over a loud­speaker in down­town Louisville and pro­test­ers lis­tened as they sat around a me­mo­rial to Tay­lor.

In the time since Tay­lor’s shoot­ing, her death — along with Ge­orge Floyd and oth­ers — has be­come a ral­ly­ing cry for pro­test­ers seek­ing a reck­on­ing on racial jus­tice and po­lice re­form.

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