City of Louisville agrees to ‘substantial’ settlement in Breonna Taylor shooting

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed after Louisville Metro Police officers broke down her apartment door March 13 to serve a signed "no-knock"search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation centered 10 miles away.

LOUISVILLE — Louisville’s metro government is expected to announce a “substantial” financial settlement Tuesday with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago, The Courier Journal has learned.

The settlement may be announced as early as 2 p.m., according to a person knowledgeable about the details who said he could not be identified. The source said they couldn’t release the amount.

In addition to the payment, the deal is expected to include several policing reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge, the person told The Courier Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network. 

The accord will also provide housing credits to officers who agree to live within the city, and it would seek the authority for drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting. 

A large settlement in the civil suit brought by Taylor’s family comes as a Jefferson County grand jury may screen the criminal case as soon as this week.

The grand jury would decide whether criminal charges should be filed against any of the three officers involved in her shooting death March 13 during a search for drugs, cash and other evidence in her South End apartment that went awry.

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