The settlement will be accompanied by reforms of the Louisville Metro Police Department, including a requirement that commanders approve search warrants before they are put to a judge, Fischer said at a news conference.
"I'm deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna's death," Fischer, who is white, told reporters. "My administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again."
Fischer was joined by Taylor's family, who said they welcomed the settlement but also demanded officers involved face criminal charges.
GREG FISCHER: On March 13, 186 days ago, a tragedy beset our community with the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Her death has ignited a movement in Louisville and the nation for racial justice, sending thousands into our streets and cities all across the country and the world, all crying out for justice for Breonna.
Tamika Palmer, Breonna's mom, says Breonna was a quick student, a hard worker, and an old soul. She was the glue of the family. Breonna was loved. I cannot begin to imagine Miss Palmer's pain. And I'm deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna's death.
While we await a decision from Attorney General Daniel Cameron on whether or not charges will be filed in this case, my administration is not waiting to move ahead with needed reforms to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again. That's why I'm here today with the family of Breonna Taylor to announce Louisville Metro Government has settled the civil lawsuit with her estate.
As part of this settlement, Louisville Metro Government agrees to make several important policy changes. We will now require a commanding officer to review and approve all search warrants, affidavits in support of search warrants, and risk matrices before an officer seeks judicial approval for the warrant.
We're adding additional protocols for money seized as evidence, expanding the random drug testing of officers, and we will negotiate with the FOP in 2021 to expand on the records that can be maintained and officer's personnel files.
These are significant policy changes on top of many others that we've already made, including those that are part of Breonna's Law, as well as changes to policies on use of force and if tear gas would ever need to be used. In addition to these policy changes, this settlement includes a payment to Breonna's estate of $12 million.