Settlement reached in Breonna Taylor wrongful death lawsuit
The City of Louisville has reportedly reached a multi-million dollar agreement with Taylor’s family.
A settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of Breonna Taylor has been reached, one of her family’s lawyers told CNN Tuesday morning (Sept. 15). A source reportedly told the outlet that the agreement includes a multi-million dollar settlement for Taylor’s family, who sued the City of Louisville after police officers fatally shot the 26-year-old back in March.
Attorney Sam Aguilar told WLKY that the deal includes police reforms, though he did not offer any specifics. More details about the settlement are expected to be shared Tuesday afternoon during a joint press conference between the mayor of Louisville and Taylor’s family’s legal team.
“The city’s response in this case has been delayed and it’s been frustrating, but the fact that they’ve been willing to sit down and talk significant reform was a step in the right direction and hopefully a turning point,” Aguilar said.
A separate lawsuit was also filed earlier this month by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker — a licensed gun owner — was initially charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly shot one of the cops who raided Taylor’s home. Walker has maintained that the cops did not announce themselves before breaking into Taylor’s home and says he fired a warning shot in self-defense.
Prosecutors dropped the charges against Walker, but he is seeking monetary damages and immunity from prosecution in the new lawsuit.
“Kenny continues to reel from the death of the love of his life, but he is also the victim and survivor of police misconduct — misconduct that threatens his freedom to this day,” his suit reads.
Walker is suing the Louisville Metro Police Department for assault, battery, false arrest, imprisonment and more. The complaint names Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, LMPD Police Chief Rob Schroeder, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, the Louisville Area Governmental Self-Insurance Trust, former Chief Steve Conrad and over 13 LMPD officers.
On Sept. 9, AG Cameron announced that he would present his findings in Taylor’s case to a grand jury who will decide whether or not to bring charges against the three officers involved. The presentation is expected to last around two days, but Cameron’s office has not specified when it will begin.
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