The city of Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday announced a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor, the black EMT fatally shot by cops during a botched raid on her home.
“For those who knew her, Breonna’s death was personal, the pain is visceral,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press conference announcing the massive settlement.
The amount handily surpasses the $8.5 million Louisville coughed up in 2012 to a wrongfully imprisoned man, which at the time was the largest sum ever awarded by the city in a police misconduct suit. The city said it would also be enacting police reforms to prevent a similar tragedy.
“It’s important to know here that a financial settlement was non-negotiable without significant police reform,” said Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor’s estate.
“It’s important for her family that they minimize the risk of what happened to Breonna Taylor happening to any other family.”