WATCH LIVE: City of Louisville reaches multi-million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NewsNation Now) — The city of Louisville is expected to announce a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment in March.

The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that the settlement will be accompanied by police reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve search warrants before they are put to a judge.

Ben Crump, one of the attorneys representing the Taylor family, said on Twitter that a major update in the case will be announced at 2 p.m. at the Louisville mayor’s office.

The Associated Press has learned that the city will pay several million dollars to Taylor’s mother. It would be the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case, according to a person who has seen the settlement. The person asked to not be identified because the settlement has not been announced publicly.

On March 13, Louisville police officers shot Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, while serving a “no-knock” narcotics search warrant at her home as part of a drug investigation.

Officers broke down the door and were met with gunfire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker said he thought he was defending against a home invasion.

One of the officers, Jonathan Mattingly, was shot in the leg. Mattingly and two other officers, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankinson were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting, and Hankison was later fired.

Walker was initially charged but those charges were later dropped.

No drugs were found in the home.

In June, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, which prohibits “no-knock” warrants.

A spokeswoman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This story will be updated.

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