The family of Breonna Taylor and the City of Louisville have reached a $12 million settlement, the largest ever paid by the city in an officer-involved shooting case.
Taylor, 26, was shot dead when Louisville Metro Police Department officers served a narcotics warrant at her home on March 13.
The settlement also makes history by including an unprecedented list of police reforms that Louisville Metro Police Department now will be required to implement.
The news comes two days after the six-month anniversary of Taylor’s death and several days after it was reported the state’s criminal case was being presented to a grand jury by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, with a decision on possible charges expected to be announced soon.
The settlement is aimed at changing some of the departmental policies that may have contributed to what happened the night Taylor was killed, such as an overhaul of the execution of simultaneous search warrants. Minutes before the Taylor raid, narcotics officers arrested Jamarcus Glover at a suspected drug house several miles away. Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, and a convicted drug offender, also was named in the warrant that sent officers to Taylor’s home.
The agreement also mandates that a commanding officer review and give written approval of all search warrants and SWAT matrices, documents aimed at calculating the specific dangers of a warrant location.
The settlement requires the presence of paramedics whenever a warrant is executed. The night of the shooting, an ambulance left Taylor’s apartment before officers broke through her doorway. Taylor did not receive immediate EMS treatment and bled to death on the floor of her apartment. Sgt. Jon Mattingly, who was shot in the femoral artery by Taylor’s boyfriend during the raid, had to be rushed away from the apartment on top of another officer’s car. Several minutes went by until he received medical treatment, too. Mattingly survived his injury.
Other reforms include an early-action warning system to identify officers with “red flags,” and the retention of records related to internal officer complaints and investigations.
Officers handling money during seizures will have to be in pairs and wear body cameras, according to the contract, which also requires LMPD to hire a number of social workers to help officers on certain runs.
Louisville Metro Government will cover $5 million of the $12 million settlement. A city insurance policy will cover $5 million, and the remaining $2 million will come from a trust. Mayor Greg Fischer said the settlement is not an admission of officer wrongdoing.