Almost four years after the murder of Kathryn Johnston, the City of Atlanta has finally settled with her estate, paying out $4.9 million:
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Monday morning that the estate of Kathryn Johnston, led by her niece Sarah Dozier, would be getting a $4.9 million settlement. The full city council will debate and vote on it this afternoon.
Under the structure of the settlement the estate will get $2.9 million this year and another $2 million in fiscal year 2012.
Reed said the resolution of the case is an important healing step for the city and the police department, which was nearly ripped apart because of the shooting.
“As a result of the incident, several police officers were indicted in federal and state court on charges and were later convicted and sentenced for their actions,” said Reed, adding that the Narcotics Unit has been totally reorganized.
In case you don’t remember, Johnston’s home was raided by Atlanta police during a no-knock raid, through a warrant obtained with false information, at her home on Neal Street. When they came through the door, she fired one shot, not knowing it was the police, and was shot 39 times.
Three of the officers involved in the shooting were sentenced to jail for manslaughter, violation of oath and making false statements.
As of the end of the 2010 legislative session, the State of Georgia had still not acted on the problem of no-knock raids and the militarization of police.