As soon as the settlement was announced, people on social media came out of the woodwork to attack Breonna Taylor’s mother.

How much is your daughter worth? 

It didn’t take long after Mayor Greg Fischer announced Louisville has agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor $12 million to settle the family’s lawsuit against the city for the attacks to start. 

One person wrote on Fischer’s official Facebook page this whole thing was “all about the money.” 

“Her mother looks a lot happier now that she won money,” another disgusting person wrote after Tamika Palmer spoke and fought to hold back tears. 

So, I’ll ask those people who claim this was all about money and that her mother looks happier: How much is your daughter worth? 

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A bottle of Boone’s Farm and a gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop? 

What about a case of Budweiser and a couple of crisp Benjamins? 

If $12 million is too much, how much would your daughter’s life be worth? 

Would you trade one of your children for a used Toyota? 

What about a new BMW Z4 roadster? 

“Money hungry people,” one guy wrote on The Courier Journal’s Facebook page. 

How much would you take for one of your kids? 

Would it be a paid-off mortgage for your house in the suburbs? 

What about a stately old home in Cherokee Triangle? Or a mansion in Glenview? 

“$$$$$$$$$$$ that’s all that matters,” wrote another person on The Courier Journal’s Facebook page. 

First of all, that’s not true on its face. Palmer and her lawyers negotiated some significant police reforms along with the money for which they eventually settled. 

But that’s not even the point.

If you think you’re qualified to put a price tag on the life of another person’s child, what would the price tag be on your own child’s life? 

Would it be a half-million dollars? Or a million? 

Is $2 million the value of your little princess’ life. 

Or what about $3 million. 

Come on, spit it out. 

“$$$$$ all they looking for,” one pathetic individual wrote. 


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She was so intent on making her point that four minutes later, she commented again: “So it’s all about $$$$.” 

If you can dismiss a mother’s pain so casually by suggesting money is the only reason she sued, you must have an idea how much your daughter’s life is worth. 

Would you trade your daughter, or any of your children, for $12 million? 

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The fact of the matter is, Louisville’s police screwed up and Breonna Taylor died because of it. 

They should have never burst into Taylor’s apartment in the middle of the night on March 13 based on the information they had. They should have never been granted the warrant they obtained to begin with because the information used to get it was outdated. 

And Breonna Taylor died because of it. 

It doesn’t matter that police, according to a document leaked a couple of weeks ago, believed Taylor was holding drug money for an old boyfriend, or that they thought she had been receiving narcotics for him. 

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She had not been convicted of that, and when they stormed her apartment on the night she died, they didn’t find any evidence to support their beliefs. 

And Breonna Taylor died despite that. 

So, when you criticize Palmer for accepting a large settlement, ask yourself, how much is your daughter’s life worth? 

And if you come up with an answer, you’ve got even less of a soul than your hateful comments about Palmer exhibit. 

Joseph Gerth is the metro columnist for the Louisville Courier Journal, where this column originally appeared.

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