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Botched Atlanta Drug Raid Killed 92-Year-Old Woman, Family Awarded $4.9 Million

(CBS/AP)

(CBS/AP)

ATLANTA (CBS/AP) Kathyrn Johnston was 92-years-old when police carrying out a drug raid kicked in her door. She took a shot at the cops, and was gunned down by the return fire.

Now, the city of Atlanta has agreed to pay Johnston's family $4.9 million for her death in the botched 2006 raid.

Police had been acting on an informant's claim that he had bought narcotics at Johnston's home. But no drugs were found, and officers then 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.

Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday that the city will pay the elderly woman's family $2.9 million this fiscal year and the rest next year.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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