The family of Breonna Taylor received a $12 million settlement from Louisville officials. This is the largest ever payout on behalf of the Louisville police. But is it what the Taylor family deserve? By Lily Armstrong
The short answer: no. Many are still calling for the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor to be charged. In an emotional statement, Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, stated that this was just the beginning of their fight for justice.
However, the settlement and police reforms implemented as a result of the lawsuit are undoubtedly significant. Taylor’s death became a symbol for racial injustice in the police, and her name was heard in anti-racism protests across the globe.
The police reforms introduced as a result of Taylor’s case include:
- Officers must wear mandatory body cameras
- Incentives for officers to live in the areas they serve
- Make officers more accountable and their actions more transparent
Hopefully, these reforms will prevent more victims like Breonna – although since the officers involved in her own death weren’t held accountable, we’re not optimistic.
The settlement does not admit any wrongdoing on behalf of the city or the police, and it prevents Taylor’s family from suing again in the future. Nonetheless, these positive changes should be seen as a step in the right direction.
Are the Louisville officials buying Taylor’s family off?
None of the police officers involved have been charged, stating that they acted in self-defense. They entered her home on a drug charge using a “no-knock” arrest warrant, meaning that they were not required to announce themselves.
Breonna Taylor reportedly thought there was an intruder in her home before she was shot several times. No drugs were found at her home.
Players of the WNBA have shown their ongoing support of the Say Her Name movement by dedicating their 2020 season to Taylor. Brittney Sykes, a player for the Los Angeles Sparks, spoke out about the result of the settlement. “I mean, yeah, money is cool, but did they charge the cops?… And they didn’t, so our job isn’t done.”
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