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Six months after emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor was shot dead by police in her home, the city of Louisville has agreed to a major settlement with Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit, an attorney representing her family tells CBS affiliate WLKY.

The death of the 26-year-old Black woman was among several police shootings across the country that have galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement and a nationwide push for police reform and racial justice.   

Sam Aguiar, a lawyer for the family, told WLKY the deal includes police reforms and a $12 million payout for the family, but did not elaborate.

Taylor’s family and their attorneys, including national civil rights attorney Ben Crump, are expected to speak at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Louisville mayor Greg Fischer is also expected to speak.

Taylor was shot multiple times as Louisville officers executed a search warrant at her home March 13 in search of illegal drugs. The lawsuit filed in April accuses police of negligence and excessive force.

Police say they knocked and identified themselves, but according to the suit, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker said officers never said they were police before battering in the door. Walker, a licensed gun owner, said he opened fire in self-defense because he thought someone was trying to break in, the suit says. One officer was shot in the leg. Louisville police say officers were “immediately met by gunfire” and returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times, but the suit accuses three officers of blindly firing into the apartment.

The lawsuit accuses police of using flawed information when they obtained the “no knock” warrant related to a drug investigation into a former boyfriend of Taylor’s. The former boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was arrested on the same night about 10 miles away. No drugs were found in Taylor’s home and neither Taylor nor Walker had any criminal history, according to the suit. 

The settlement includes reforms on how warrants are handled by police, reports the Associated Press. The city banned the use of “no knock” warrants in June amid public outrage over the case.

Taylor was studying to be a nurse and working at two local hospitals. Protesters have for months demanded that the officers involved in Taylor’s death be charged, and several celebrities have joined their calls for justice. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is investigating the officers’ actions, but has declined to offer a timeline for a potential charging decision.

Two of the officers involved in the case have been placed on leave and one, Brett Hankison, has been fired. 

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