The city of Louisville is expected to announce a “substantial” settlement in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Sam Aguiar, one of several attorneys representing Taylor’s family, confirmed to Inside Edition Digital the development in the case will be announced at a press conference Tuesday.
“This is just one step. We are pleased that the city was agreeable to meaningful reform. But we have a long way to go. These officers need to be held criminally accountable,” Aguiar told Inside Edition Digital.
Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family of Taylor, also announced on Twitter Tuesday the press conference to be held in Kentucky.
“A MAJOR UPDATE in the Breonna Taylor case will be announced at a press conference today at 2pm E.T. at the Louisville Mayor’s Office. @AttorneyCrump, co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, and the family of Breonna Taylor will address this case update,” he tweeted at 9:46 Tuesday morning,” Crump said.
The settlement, which has been undisclosed at press time, will also include several policing reforms, a source close to the matter told the Louisville Courier-Journal. The settlement is expected to be one of the biggest sums of money the city of Louisville has ever given out to settle allegations of police misconduct, according to WAVE 3.
The largest amount paid so far by the city was $8.5 million to Edwin Chandler in 2012, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than nine years.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police referred any questions regarding the case to the office of Mayor Greg Fischer, which declined to comment.
In documentation previously obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal, police were authorized to carry out a “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s Louisville home on March 13 as part of a narcotics investigation on a home 10 miles away. Neither Taylor nor her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were the investigation’s target. Police had suspected, though, that Taylor’s home was used to receive drugs.
Authorities said they identified themselves, despite the “no-knock” warrant. Police said the officers were “immediately” met by gunfire when they entered Taylor and Walker’s home, at which point they returned fire.
Walker called 911 during the ordeal and he was informed he’d shot an officer. He was initially charged with attempted murder, but his charges were later dropped after he said he shot in self-defense thinking he and Taylor were victims of a home invasion.
In the wake of Taylor’s death, the city has banned “no-knock” warrants.
In June, Officer Brett Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department; he is currently contesting his termination with legal council. Officer Myles Cosgrove and John Mattingly have been reassigned. None of the officers have been arrested or charged in Taylor’s death.