The city of Louisville has agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12 million to settle a lawsuit over her death by police in March.
As part of the settlement, the city has also pledged to institute several police reforms, such as requiring a supervisor to sign off on search warrants and pairing a social worker with a police officer on some calls. Louisville’s Democrat Mayor Greg Fischer announced the settlement Tuesday.
“In order for the community to heal and move forward, there needs to be legitimacy and trust between the community and the police force,” Fischer said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We hope that these are steps that are going to begin that process.”
Some reacted in surprise to the settlement, given the early stage of the investigation into Taylor’s death.
“I’m a little shocked it’s so early in the process that the mayor’s office decided to settle it,” Louisville Metro Council President David James