The US city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay 12 million Dollars to the family of slain black woman Breonna Taylor.
The money was to settle the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of the twenty-six-year-old emergency medical technician, following her killing by police in March.
Ms. Taylor was shot dead in her bedroom by police officers, who were executing a ‘no-knock’ warrant as part of a drugs investigation.
The settlement will be accompanied by reforms of the Louisville Metro Police Department, including a requirement that commanders approve search warrants before they are put to a judge, Mayor Greg Fischer told a news conference, alongside Ms. Taylor’s family.
“My administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again,” Mr. Fischer said.
Ms. Taylor’s death sparked months of protests in Louisville and calls for the officers involved to be hit with criminal charges.
She was killed on March 13 when Louisville police forced their way into her apartment shortly after midnight using the so-called ‘no-knock’ warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.
In June, the police department sacked one of the three officers involved, detective Brett Hankison, who is white, for displaying “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he fired ten bullets into Ms. Taylor’s apartment.
The two other officers have been reassigned to administrative duties.
None of the three has been criminally charged, but the state’s Attorney-General Daniel Cameron, is expected to bring the case before a grand jury this week, according to local media reports.
Ms. Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, has said she is trying to be patient about the results of Mr. Cameron’s criminal investigation and the long wait for any charges to be laid, six months since her daughter’s death.
Ms. Taylor’s killing is one of many to have sparked protests for social justice reform and racial equality across the US.