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The Family Of Breonna Taylor – A Black Woman Fatally Shot By US Police – Will Be Paid $12M In Settlement

She was killed when police burst into her home using a "no knock" arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.

The family of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman shot dead during a US police drug raid, is to receive $12m (€10,113,354) from the city of Louisville in Kentucky.

As part of the financial settlement over a civil lawsuit brought by her mother Tamika Palmer, there will also be policing reforms, including a requirement that all search warrants be approved by a senior officer and giving a housing credit to officers who move to low-income neighbourhoods they patrol in the city.

The settlement is the largest financial sum paid in a police misconduct case in the city's history, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“I cannot begin to imagine Ms Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a press conference on Tuesday, announcing the settlement. 

Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was 26 when she was shot at least five times and killed on 13 March during a mistaken drugs raid. Her name has featured prominently in anti-racism protests in recent months.

Lonita Baker, a lawyer for Taylor's family, called the settlement just one "layer" in the effort to seek justice and praised new police reforms.

Her statement was echoed online by a number of prominent celebrities and activists. 

Breonna's mother, Tamika Palmer filed a lawsuit in April alleging that police used flawed information when they obtained a “no-knock” warrant to enter her daughter's apartment late at night in March during a drug investigation.

She subsequently pushed for charges against the officers involved in the shooting.

“As significant as today is, it’s only the beginning of getting full justice for Breonna,” she said. “We must not lose focus on what the real drive is and with that being said, it’s time to move forward with the criminal charges because she deserves that and much more.”

Taylor's killing was propelled into the spotlight by way of the death George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May.

Floyd's death sparked global anti-racism protests and brought renewed focus on police brutality.

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