Family of Black woman Breonna Taylor shot dead by US police to get compensation

The family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot dead during a US police drug raid, will be compensated by the city of Louisville in Kentucky, with the sum of $12m.

There are other things that are expected to be done apart from the financial settlement which came about after a civil lawsuit brought by her mother Tamika Palmer, this include police practices will be reformed, including how warrants are handled by officers.

The late Black woman was a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, who was killed in March when police burst into her apartment using a so-called “no knock” arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.

This method is typically used by Police in drug cases over concerns that evidence could be destroyed if they announce their arrival.

The victim, Ms Taylor was woken from her bed before being shot several times.

Unfortunately Police found no drugs at her home and the killing sparked months of protests in the city.

Nationwide calls were made for the officers involved to be charged, among the prominent people who raised their voices against the shooting were TV host Oprah Winfrey and basketball star LeBron James.

Ms Palmer filed a lawsuit in April against three Louisville officers, accusing them of wrongfully causing her daughter’s death.

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The suit alleged police used flawed information when they obtained the “no knock” warrant to enter the apartment, used excessive force and the search was grossly negligent.

The officer who shot 10 rounds blindly into the apartment, Brett Hankison, was sacked in June.while the other officers; Myles Cosgrove and Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, who also opened fire, have been placed on administrative leave, along with the detective who requested the warrant.

Till date one of the officers involved in the case have been charged.

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