Authorities in the U.S. city of Louisville, Kentucky, agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of African-American woman Breonna Taylor, who was shot by police in her own home, about the officers’ misconduct, The New York Times reported September 15.
The agreement is said to be worth $12 million, a record amount for the city.
Besides, according to the agreements, a number of reforms are to be implemented in Louisville, including changes in the process of approval and execution of search warrants, as well as stricter drug and alcohol checks of officers involved in shooting.
Taylor, 26, who worked as a nurse, was shot dead in her home in March. Police detained her neighbors on suspicion of drug trafficking and broke into her house because they thought the illegal substances might be there as well. On hearing that the door was being knocked down, the girl’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker thought it was a robbery and began shooting. The police returned fire and Taylor was injured eight times.
After the incident, three police officers were suspended from work and no charges were brought against them. It later became known that the city authorities intended to fire one of the officers, Brett Hankison.