Breonna Taylor's family reach multi-million dollar settlement over 'no-knock' police shooting

The lawsuit suit accused three Louisville police officers of blindly firing into Ms Taylor's apartment the night of the March raid

Breonna Taylor posing during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky
Breonna Taylor posing during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky Credit: AFP

The family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman shot dead in her home by police in Louisville, Kentucky, have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the city, according to reports.

The settlement, reportedly for $12 million, is expected to be accompanied by police reforms aimed at preventing future deaths by police officers.

A civil lawsuit, filed in April by her mother, Tamika Palmer, alleged the police used flawed information when they obtained a "no-knock" warrant to enter her daughter's apartment in March.

Ms Taylor, 26, was shot several times and police found no drugs at her home.

The suit accused three Louisville police officers of blindly firing into Ms Taylor's apartment the night of the March raid, striking the medical worker several times. Ms Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was in the apartment with her and fired a single shot that struck an officer in the leg.

Hundreds gather to protest the death of Breonna Taylor and other forms of racial injustices in Louisville Credit: Reuters

Mr Walker said he did not hear police announce themselves and said he thought he was guarding against an intruder.

The shooting sparked months of protests in Louisville and calls nationwide for the officers to be charged in her death.

Daniel Cameron, the state's attorney general, is investigating police actions in the March 13 shooting. So far none of the officers involved have been reprimanded.

According to reports, the reforms will also require that commanders approve search warrants before they are put to a judge.

The city of Louisville is expected to announce the details Tuesday afternoon. 

The settlement would be the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case.

The largest settlement previously paid in a misconduct case was $8.5 million in 2012, to a man who spent nine years in prison for a crime he did not commit, according to news reports.