(TMU) – Six months after police killed emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched raid, the city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to a settlement with Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit. According to The Louisville Courier-Journal, the settlement could be “as high as $12 million.” The mayor of Louisville is expected to announce the settlement this afternoon in a joint press conference with the Taylor family attorneys.
However, as is normally the case in such settlements over police killings, none of the officers who took part in the senseless killing of Taylor will be arrested or are expected to face justice after blindly unloading their weapons into her apartment in a no-knock raid, striking her as many as eight times.
The absence of justice in the case of Breonna Taylor and passing of the bill to taxpayers is sure to enrage police accountability advocates, who have described the case as “murder” and have filled the internet with viral memes demanding that authorities “arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor,” namely Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.
If the city of Louisville has a agreed to pay the family of Breonna Breonna Taylor for ambushing her in her sleep – then it shouldn’t be hard to find and arrest the guys who murdered her.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 15, 2020
On the night March 13, the undercover officers obtained a no-knock search warrant intended to find illicit drugs.
Louisville Metro Police deployed a battering ram to force their way into the apartment before Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker fired a warning shot that struck an officer. Police responded with 35 rounds, including 10 rounds fired “blindly” by an officer.
Walker maintains that the officers failed to identify themselves, but police claim that they knocked first.
Police also claimed in their initial report that Taylor was not injured by their bullets, which later turned out to be an obvious lie.
In April, Taylor’s family – through Attorney Ben Crump – sued Louisville for wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence. In their complaint, the said that the Louisville officers “entered Breonna’s home without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers. The Defendants then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life.”
Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron – a hardcore conservative who is politically close to police unions in the city and state – announced that he had empaneled a grand jury to determine whether the Mattingly, Hankison and Cosgrove would face criminal charges for the death of Taylor. He still has refused to put forward a timeline for any charging decision.
However, the move by the city to settle the civil lawsuit brought by Taylor’s family will allow the officers to avoid any criminal charges and retain their freedom.
So the officers in Louisville screwed up so badly that the city will pay Breonna Taylor’s family double digit millions but they did not screw up badly enough to be arrested and responsible for their crimes. Make it make sense.
— Touré (@Toure) September 15, 2020
The Courier-Journal reports that the settlement for the killing of Taylor “is expected to dwarf the biggest payout previously made by police,” which was for $8.5 million in 2012 and settled a case of wrongful imprisonment, not an officer-committed shooting. “In addition to the payment, the deal is expected to include several policing reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge,” the newspaper added.
The settlement includes reforms on the handling of warrants by police, according to the Associated Press. In June, the city banned the use of “no knock” warrants amid increased unrest and public outrage over the case, and police brutality toward Black people in general.
Taylor had been studying to be a nurse and worked at two local hospitals as an EMT during the ongoing pandemic before her killer’s bullets tragically cut her life short.
Two of the officers involved in the case have been placed on paid administrative leave while Brett Hankison was fired.
US Cop Shares Tiktok Video Showing How It’s Impossible To Confuse Taser for a Gun
In recent years, policing in the United States has received a much-needed reexamination, with many demanding changes to law enforcement or even its defunding and dismantling in light of high-profile killings committed by police officers.
However, one U.S. police officer has shared a video where he points out that in at least some fatal police encounters, simple common sense can save lives.
In a video shared to TikTok by user @brianb1504, the officer points out the differences between a pistol and a Taser. The video is a seeming response to the recent slaying of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by Minnesota police officer Kim Potter.
In the video, Officer Brian can be seen loading his belt with the firearm and less-lethal weapon, noting that his pistol is “dominant” while the bright yellow plastic taser is “not so dominant.”
“Huge weight difference, guys – I don’t understand how we can mistake a taser for a gun or a gun for a taser,” Brian continues.
“If you’re in the heat of the moment and you do something like that, you shouldn’t be doing this job,” he adds.
Continuing, Brian notes that he is sick and tired of the lousy state of police-community relations resulting from the actions of killer cops.
“I’m not going to put my life on the line to try and fix your stupidity and deal with restoring the peace with my public that I serve just because of your stupid actions,” Brian said.
“It makes no sense. 99 percent of our job is communication. You don’t have to be quick to pull out a gun or a taser on somebody and think everybody’s a threat,” he said. “Not everybody’s a threat. Try talking to them, get to know these people.”
While the account seems to have disappeared, it received upwards of 6 million views along with over 1.5 million likes and thousands of comments across the platform.
The video comes as the United States braces itself for more protests following the police killing of Daunte Wright by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Police Chief Tim Gannon claims that Potter was trying to tase Wright but he died as a result of an “accidental discharge.”
Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years behind bars and/or a $20,000 fine.
Cop Who ‘Accidentally’ Killed Daunte Wright Arrested on 2nd-Degree Manslaughter Charges
The former Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop will now face charges of second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
The brutal killing of Wright, which comes amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last May’s killing of George Floyd, threatens to spark a new round of nationwide protests against police brutality and discriminatory policing.
On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed that Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, would be charged.
On Wednesday morning, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter, the bureau announced in a statement.
Potter was taken into custody in St. Paul and will be booked at Hennepin County jail.
On Tuesday, Potter resigned as demands for justice for Wright reverberated nationwide. Her resignation coincided with that of the city’s former police chief, who claims that Potter accidentally grabbed her Glock when she thought she was reaching for her Taser during the Sunday traffic stop.
Wright’s family and attorneys have rejected the claim that Wright’s death was merely the result of an “accident” and are demanding accountability and sweeping reforms of policing in Minnesota.
Potter could face up to 10 years in prison along with a $20,000 fine, per Minnesota law.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” said Wright family attorney Ben Crump in a statement.
“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force,” the statement added.
Trump “Pretty Likely” to Land in Jail For Many Alleged Crimes, Legal Analyst Says
Legal experts continue to say that it remains likely that former President Donald Trump could land in jail if convicted on one of the many legal challenges he faces.
Throughout his life, Trump has been involved in a number of lawsuits – both as the subject and instigator of them – but he is currently facing no less than 29 lawsuits and is also the subject of several criminal lawsuits, including one which saw his tax returns opened up to lawyers.
Trump is being investigated for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for what Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office calls “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” reports the New York Times.
The former head of state denies any malfeasance and has said that he is “proud” of his tax returns.
However, legal analyst Jay Michaelson told Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal that Trump is “pretty likely” to face jail time if found guilty.
“Trump’s lawyers will always come up with something, but there should be no reason why the grand jury won’t get these financial records tomorrow,” Michaelson said.
“Will he go to jail for, like, the rest of his life? Probably no,” he continued. “Is it possible that this would lead to criminal charges that would carry jail time? I would say that’s pretty likely, and we could have a grand jury indictment fairly soon.”
Last month, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump legal team’s appeal to keep his tax returns closed from prosecutors. The move opens the door to the returns being shown to a grand jury in New York.
Following the ruling, Trump denounced the move as a result of him being a victim of “’the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it,” he added. “Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.”
“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”
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