WSBTV reports the City of Atlanta has agreed to pay the family of Katheryn Johnston $4.9 million dollars.
If you remember this was the case where officer performed “no knock” search warrant on Ms. Johnston’s home in November of 2006. Ms. Johnston presumed someone was breaking into her home and pulled out a handgun to defend herself and her home. It is estimated she fired her gun once, and then received return fire in excess of 39 shots of which five or six hit her and took her life.
To add insult to injury, marijuana was planted at the scene.
Ms. Johnston was a 92 year old woman at the time. I can not think of anything worse than one of my loved ones having this happen to them and after her life was wrongfully taken, the placing of drugs in her home to make her look as if she was a drug dealer (the alleged reason for the no knock warrant).
There are rules and EVERYONE should be held accountable for their actions. If you must knock to serve a warrant for someone’s arrest than that is what you must do. The “no knock” warrants were specifically for the element of surprise.
Well Ms. Johnston’s family will never have their mother, grandmother or great-grandmother. No amount of money will bring her back, but the lesson learned by the Atlanta Police Department, has suspended “no knock” warrants.
So maybe everything works out in the end? What do you think?