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$4.9 Million Settlement for Family of Woman Killed in Drug Raid

The City of Atlanta has agreed to pay $4.9 million to the family of a woman who was killed during a botched drug raid.

On November 21, 2006, Atlanta narcotics officers executed a “no-knock” warrant at the home of Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year old grandmother. Johnston opened fire, thinking the police were burglars. The police returned fire with 39 rounds, five of which hit Johnston. Johnston died at the scene.

The cops involved tried to cover up that they had lied to obtain the warrant by planting marijuana in Johnston’s home and falsifying reports.

Three of the police later plead guilty to federal civil rights violations and were ordered to serve multi-year sentences. The incident gained national attention in 2006.


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