Louisville Metro PD settles with family in murder of Breonna Taylor, but justice for the cops who murdered her still out of reach

Benjamin Crump, Breonna Taylor's mom Tamika Palmer, Lonita Baker
Louisville, Ky.: Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, flanked by attorney Benjamin Crump, left, and co-counsel Lonita Baker, address media outside Louisville City Hall, August 13, 2020. John Sommers II
In what some call a predictable development to keep the family silent, the family of Breonna Taylor has settled out of court with the Louisville Police Department.

The Louisville Metro Police Department has come to a financial settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor for a reported $12 million.

“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,” said Taylor family attorney Sam Aguilar.

The family, along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, made the formal announcement Tuesday, September 15.

On March 13 members of the Louisville Police Department, serving a no-knock warrant, shot Taylor eight times as she woken from her bed.

Pictured: Former officer Brett Hankison (center) and officers Jonathan Mattingly (left) and Myles Cosgrove. Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro PD, while Mattingly and Cosgrove were placed on leave for their role in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. Louisville Metro Police Department
It was later revealed that police lied in their warrant application. One of the three officers involved, Brett Hankison, was fired in June. The other two, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were placed on administrative leave. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has been slow to file charges against the officers.

Six months have passed since Taylor was killed and the investigation is still ongoing. Cameron has yet to announce a timetable when charges, if any, will be filed against the police officers.

Last week Cameron released a statement regarding the timeline of the investigation, “My office is continually asked about a timeline regarding the investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. An investigation, if done properly, cannot follow a specific timeline.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron statement on investigation
Office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Stacey Mickles

Stacey Mickles is a native of Birmingham, AL and has worked as a lifestyle reporter and sports writer over the years.

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