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Yes, $12 million (minus the customary 30 to 40 percent in attorneys fees) is a lot of money. Breonna Taylor’s family members are now instant millionaires. But at what cost? Her life was taken in a hail of bullets at the hands of men sworn to protect and serve her as a citizen. Her boyfriend, suspected of some wrong-doing around drugs, was the target of their search.

Her life is over. Ended tragically at the tender age of 26. 

I want to be clear that I have no issue with a family bringing a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a murdered loved one. That is their most sacred duty. Your family is supposed to love you, support you, and, in a horrific case like this, avenge you with every means necessary under law. Breonna’s family and her attorney, Ben Crump, made clear in their Tuesday press conference that they still want to seek justice for her murder. They want the policemen involved arrested. The Kentucky attorney general is investigating.

According to news reports, this settlement is the largest ever paid in the history of the city of Louisville and indeed one of the largest ever paid in the nation for police misconduct. Likewise, based on Crump’s press conference, the terms of the settlement include that both the city and police agree to major police reforms. 

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Long lines at Virginia polling stations as early voting gets underway

Early in-person voting for the 2020 general election kicked off on Friday in Virginia — and long lines of voters waiting to cast a ballot quickly materialized in some polling locations.

County election officials in Arlington, Va., reported on Twitter that 200 people cast ballots in the first hour after polls opened at 8 a.m EDT. There were similar reports coming out of neighboring Fairfax County, as well as in Richmond, the state capital, and Henrico County seat.

Early in-person voting in Virginia runs through Saturday, Oct. 31, ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. The commonwealth is one of roughly a half-dozen states that allows voting 45 days before Election Day.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia took to Twitter to urge his state’s voters to begin casting a ballot.

“My ballot is in — and if you are registered in Virginia, you can start voting TODAY. Whether you vote absentee by mail, on #ElectionDay, or early and in person like I did, Virginians can be confident their vote is secure and will be counted."

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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