Department Policy Reforms and $3.5M in Settlement for Family of KY Woman Shot by Police

On December 6th, 2016, Boone County, Kentucky agreed to pay $3.5 million and implement new police department policies in settlement of a civil lawsuit brought by the family of Samantha Ramsey, who was shot and killed by a Boone County officer in 2014.

On April 26th, 2014, Ramsey was leaving a party when Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Brockman attempted to stop her vehicle. When she failed to listen to his commands and began to drive away, Brockman jumped onto the hood of the car, where he proceeded to shoot several times at Ramsey through the windshield. Ramsey's passengers were held at gunpoint as they exited the car.

NPAP member attorney Al Gerhardstein represented Ramsey's family. "This hasn't been a good year for the justice system when it comes to police shootings," he said. "We're hopeful with this case, we're turning the corner." In addition to the financial portion of the settlement, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department agreed to review and implement new policies including but not limited to providing body cams to its patrol deputies, revising use of force and other internal policies, and additional training.

Brockman remains a deputy in Boone County.