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Louisville settles with Breonna Taylor’s mother


Tamika Palmer (center) in Louisville, Ky., in August Associated Press/Photo by Dylan Lovan (file)

Louisville settles with Breonna Taylor’s mother

Mayor Greg Fischer said the city will reform police practices and pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, whom officers shot and killed while executing a warrant at her apartment. Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, sued Louisville, Ky., in April alleging police used flawed information for the March 13 search warrant. The lawsuit accuses the three officers involved of firing blindly into the apartment during a drug investigation with no way of knowing if innocent people were present.

How did the family respond? Palmer wants to see results from a criminal investigation into the incident. “We must not lose focus on what the real job is, and with that being said, it is time to move forward with the criminal charges” against the officers involved, Palmer said at a Tuesday news conference announcing the settlement. The city has fired one of the officers and suspended no-knock warrants like the one used at Taylor’s home.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report in Compassion about Christians who are pushing for police and criminal justice reform.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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West Gramma

Sounds like the city of Louisville agrees with the parents that the police did in fact botch this one. BTW, a few bad dentists don't mean the whole profession is bad. A few bad doctors guilty of medical malpractice doesn't mean the whole profession is incompetent. As with dentists and doctors, all we need is to change certain laws so that the few bad police practitioners can be weeded out more effectively than what is current.