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Breonna Taylor's family, Louisville to announce 'substantial' settlement in civil suit

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A settlement between the family of Breonna Taylor-who was killed by police gunfire on March 13-and the city of Louisville, Ken., has been reached, according to the family's attorney.

The city's police department will also end a "closed by exception" rule that effectively ends investigations into officers if they retire or quit the force.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addressed ongoing questions about the investigation of Taylor's death on Twitter last week, writing, "My office is continually asked about a timeline regarding the investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor".

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April against the three officers involved in the shooting death of her daughter. Friday marked the 100th-straight day of people protesting to demand justice for Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, who was fatally shot by police in her apartment on March 13.

The officers returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times and killing her.

The officer who blindly shot into the apartment 10 times has been fired but is not facing charges. He and neighbors did not hear police announce their presence, the Courier Journal said.

The settlement includes reforms on how warrants are handled by police, Mayor Fischer said.

Louisville officials said officers executed a no-knock warrant at Taylor's residence, but knocked and announced themselves before breaking down the door, according to a statement from the city.

Taylor's death has become a focal point in the anti-racism protests that have swept across the United States over the past few months, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis in May. Athletes and entertainers have publicly called for the arrest of the officers who were involved in the raid on Taylor's apartment. But, Aguiar said he hopes Metro Government's willingness to discuss significant police reforms is "a turning point".

Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, was with her the night of the raid.

Earlier this week, Louisville named their third police chief this year, Yvette Gentry. One officer, Brett Hankinson, was sacked in late June for "wantonly and blindly" firing into her apartment, but for many, the lack of consequences for those men from the police system only serves to reinforce the idea that cops will remain protected when they murder Black people.

One of the three officers, Brett Hankison, has since been fired, and the other two were suspended. It will also include housing credits to officers who agree to live within the city. High-profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and LeBron James have called for the officers to be charged in Taylor's death. We need those involved in her murder to be arrested and charged.

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