The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has announced a settlement of $12 million for the family of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in her home by police officers during a no-knock search warrant in March. Additionally, Mayor Greg Fischer announced multiple new policing policies that will be implemented in the city. Despite continued protests over Taylor’s death and calls for charges against the officers involved, no charges have yet been made in the case. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he is reviewing the case and “considering whether to bring charges” against those involved.
The Left believes that the settlement, though a good step, does not equate to justice. Demands for the arrests of the officers involved continue. Lonita Baker, the attorney for Taylor’s family, stated “Justice for Breonna is multilayered” and said that the city’s decision is “only a portion of a single layer” of the changes that are needed.
“No amount of money will bring back Breonna Taylor. We see this settlement as the bare minimum that one can do. True justice is not served with cash settlements…We need accountability. We need justice.”A statement by Until Freedom, a New-York based intersectional social justice organization
Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney, agreed, stating “Today alone is not enough.” A USA Today opinion piece asked, “If you think Breonna Taylor’s family got too much, how much is your daughter worth?
First of all… idc how much money it is.. you can’t put a price on life.— Birgundi Baker (@BirgundiBaker) September 16, 2020
Secondly.. ARREST the cops that killed #BreonnaTaylor
money doesn’t equal justice.
The Right has mixed thoughts. Investigative Reporter Andrew Wolfson noted that according to a team of seven defense attorneys – three of them black, and each with an average of 37 years of experience – the officers were justified in shooting to defend themselves and should not be charged. Another conservative political commentator wrote that due to policies like qualified immunity, police officers involved in “gross misconduct,” such as in this case, often get off the hook, while taxpayers bear the brunt of the effects:
“It’s important to remember that even when victims or their families receive settlements for wrongdoing (most don’t), that money comes from us — the taxpayers. We are the only ones on the hook for misconduct, and those actually responsible for it face little to no accountability.”Hannah Cox, National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty