ATLANTA – Atlanta has agreed to pay $4.9 million to the family of a 92-year-old woman killed in a botched drug raid.
Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday that the city will pay the family of Kathryn Johnston $2.9 million this fiscal year and the rest next year.
Johnston died in her home in 2006 when three members of a police drug squad kicked in the door, acting on an informant's claim that he had bought narcotics there. She took a shot at them and was gunned down. No drugs were found, and officers planted drugs that had been recovered from a different raid.
An FBI investigation led five officers to plead guilty for their roles in the shooting, while six others were reprimanded for not following department policy.
The Atlanta City Council must still approve the payout deal.