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(Washington) The family of Breonna Taylor, a black American woman who was killed by police at her home, announced Tuesday that they had dropped a civil lawsuit for $ 12 million in damages and pledged to local authorities Reform law enforcement agencies.
Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:12 pm Updated at 1:31 pm
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This sum, one of the largest ever granted to relatives of police victims, reflects the excitement caused in the United States by this dossier that has become the symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Authorities in Louisville, Kentucky have also approved several reforms to their police services, including executing arrest warrants or adding social workers to their ranks.
This is a “historic” amount, family lawyer Ben Crump told a press conference. “But comprehensive reforms are just as important, they set an example,” he added.
This amicable agreement ends the civil case, but not the criminal investigation, which has not been charged six months after the tragedy.
“Today is an important day towards justice for Breonna, but it’s only the beginning,” commented her mother Tamika Palmer. “We must not lose sight of our first goal: it is time to file charges because that is what they deserve,” she added, visibly moved.
On March 13, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old nurse, was shot dead by police at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was with her companion.
The agents acted as part of an investigation into drug trafficking by issuing a “no knock” order that allows them to enter a suspect’s home without reporting.
When they arrived, Breonna Taylor’s friend opened fire with a legally owned gun. The officers returned the favor and the young woman was shot several times.
He then assured them that the agents had not announced and that he believed he was dealing with a burglar. They claim to have introduced themselves before entering.
Attorneys from the Taylor family filed a civil lawsuit in April on the grounds that the notification requested was false and the officers fired indiscriminately without showing the action required.
One of the three officers, Brett Hankison, has since been dismissed and the other two have been dismissed. The city has also banned arrest warrants. No police have been charged, however, resulting in daily rallies in Louisville for weeks.