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Houston Chronicle by Rukmini Callimachi Sep. 15, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After months of protests that turned Breonna Taylor’s name into a national slogan against police violence, city officials agreed to pay her family $12 million and institute reforms aimed at preventing future deaths by officers.

The settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the mother of Taylor, a young Black woman who was killed by white police officers in a botched raid in March, was announced Tuesday by her legal team and city officials.

As protesters drummed outside City Hall, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, was joined by other relatives and advocates wearing black masks inscribed with Taylor’s name in white lettering.

Her family’s lawyer Ben Crump said the settlement ensured that Taylor’s “life wouldn’t be swept under the rug like so many other Black women in America who have been killed by police, marginalized.”

The agreement they reached was relatively quick compared with other cases of police shootings, which have often dragged through court for years. It was sizable, with her family receiving more than double the amount paid to the relatives of Eric Garner, the New York man who died in a police chokehold in 2014. Most of all, it was unusual because of the range of reforms — a dozen in all — that the embattled city agreed to adopt in an effort to quell the protests that have left the downtown boarded up.


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