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Opinion: Breonna Taylor settlement is not close to justice

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Nothing will bring Taylor, by all accounts a shining ray of light, back to life -- or make her family and loved ones whole, writes Jill Filipovic. But the officers who killed her -- not the city -- can be held personally accountable, to restore a modicum of trust between the police and the public for whom they work.

(CNN)On Tuesday, the City of Louisville, Kentucky, finally settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT shot dead in her own house by police officers who entered on a no-knock warrant.

The settlement is for $12 million, every penny of which Taylor's family deserves, and not a single cent of which will bring her back.

Taylor was killed March 13 after plainclothes officers burst through her front door in the middle of the night.

He hit a police officer in the thigh.

Police responded with a spray of bullets, killing Taylor.

(One who heard the raid as it happened said he heard the officers say "police" once. ) An ambulance should have been on standby during the raid; the police had told it to leave.

As part of the settlement, the City of Louisville has pledged to exercise greater oversight on officers carrying out search warrants.

But it's the city that's paying (not the police officers who shot Taylor or their supervisors) -- and that usually means the taxpayers and other citizens.

And even with the wrongful death settlement, the police and the city admit no wrongdoing in Taylor's death.

But it should be coming from the officers whose negligence, carelessness, and cowardice caused her death, not just the people of Louisville, to whom they are supposed to be accountable.

And even a settlement paid from officers' pockets wouldn't be enough.

Advocates are rightly calling for the officers to face criminal charges.

At the very least, justice for Breonna Taylor would mean Hankison facing the justice system.

Police officers pledge to uphold the law.

But a transparent process of holding the officers who killed her accountable would at least begin to restore a modicum of trust between the police and the public for whom they work.

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