Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Taylor’s family and their attorneys announced the settlement in a joint press conference on Tuesday. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed in her home by police on March 13.
Family attorney Benjamin Crump said he believed the $12 million payout is tmhe largest amount ever paid out for a Black woman killed by police in the US and possibly the most ever for a Black person killed by police.
Taylor’s boyfriend, who said he believed the home was being broken into, shot and injured an officer, and police killed Taylor in the return fire. The officers were not wearing body cameras, police said.
Until Freedom, a social justice organization that has protested in Louisville, released a statement Tuesday reacting to the reported city settlement.
“No amount of money will bring back Breonna Taylor,” the group said. “We see this settlement as the bare minimum you can do for a grieving mother. The city isn’t doing her any favors. True justice is not served with cash settlements. We need those involved in her murder to be arrested and charged. We need accountability. We need justice.”
The Louisville Metro Police Department declined to comment. The police union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Aguiar confirmed the settlement on Tuesday morning.
“The city’s response in this case has been delayed and it’s been frustrating, but the fact that they’ve been willing to sit down and talk significant reform was a step in the right direction and hopefully a turning point,” Aguiar said.
Kentucky AG leads criminal investigation
A grand jury has been empaneled to investigate the shooting, though an announcement has not been made about those proceedings.
Cameron is expected to announce a charging decision soon, though he has declined to provide a specific timeline.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of Taylor’s family attorney. Sam Aguiar is their attorney.
CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.