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Louisville settles with Breonna Taylor’s mother

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/15/20, 04:25 pm

Mayor Greg Fischer said the city will reform police practices and pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, whom officers shot and killed while executing a warrant at her apartment. Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, sued Louisville, Ky., in April alleging police used flawed information for the March 13 search warrant. The lawsuit accuses the three officers involved of firing blindly into the apartment during a drug investigation with no way of knowing if innocent people were present.

How did the family respond? Palmer wants to see results from a criminal investigation into the incident. “We must not lose focus on what the real job is, and with that being said, it is time to move forward with the criminal charges” against the officers involved, Palmer said at a Tuesday news conference announcing the settlement. The city has fired one of the officers and suspended no-knock warrants like the one used at Taylor’s home.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about Christians who are pushing for police and criminal justice reform.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 12:05 pm

    Sounds like the city of Louisville agrees with the parents that the police did in fact botch this one. BTW, a few bad dentists don't mean the whole profession is bad. A few bad doctors guilty of medical malpractice doesn't mean the whole profession is incompetent. As with dentists and doctors, all we need is to change certain laws so that the few bad police practitioners can be weeded out more effectively than what is current.

    Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 05:47 pm

    How do they decide the amount to award? How do they come up with that figure?

    Does it take 12 mil to make a family feel better about losing someone?

    Do cities have 12 million in reserve just in case they are sued?  Most cities don't have extra cash on hand, or do they?

    Do they have lawsuit insurance?

    I have wondered about that for a long time. 


    Posted: Fri, 09/18/2020 05:55 pm

    I suspect that the money comes from an outside source. (George Soros comes to mind. He has funded the elections of state attorneys general and other government "leaders" who have done nothing about violence -- or have supported the violence -- in their cities or states.)