Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth “Kenny” Walker has filed a lawsuit alleging he was the victim of police misconduct and seeking immunity for firing a bullet that injured a police officer in the March 13 that killed Taylor.
“Kenny continues to recover from the death of the love of his life,” the lawsuit says (PDF), “but he is also the victim and survivor of police misconduct – misconduct that threatens his freedom nowadays« .
During the “no-beating” search of Taylor’s home on suspicion of drug possession, the warrant the prosecution claims was based on “inaccurate” information. Smooth searches are typically used in drug investigations, where the element of surprise is used by law enforcement to prevent the destruction of evidence.
After the police used a ram to enter Taylor’s house, a shootout occurred between Walker, who was legally armed, and the police.
Walker reportedly fired a “warning shot” that hit Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly in the leg.
Reports say police fired 40 to 45 bullets at Taylor’s home on March 13. Taylor, a 26-year-old healthcare worker, was shot five times and bled.
Taylor’s death has become a focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement which gained momentum after the death of George Floyd in custody in Minneapolis.
No drugs were found inside his home, although local law enforcement said the search was called off.
There are currently three active investigations into the raid, including a federal civil rights investigation.
Walker “did not in fact know, nor should he have known” that the “surprising” accident that accompanied the entry of the Lousiville metro police (LMPD) to their home was, in fact, the police. local.
The lawsuit claims Walker is protected from prosecution under Kentucky’s “Stand Your Ground” laws, which make it legal to defend oneself, loved ones and property by force. He calls for an immediate judgment on Walker’s immunity.
The complaint goes on to allege that Walker was detained and questioned by the LMPD under false pretenses.
He seeks unspecified damages for assault, assault, false arrests and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence on the part of the City of Louisville and the LMPD.
A New York Times report provides details on the roots of the search warrant. Taylor had previously had a relationship with a local man and alleged drug trafficker, Jamarcus Glover.
The report claims Taylor and Glover were still involved as recently as January, according to tapes of conversations between the two after his arrest.
The Times also said Taylor was seen monitoring abandoned homes Glover was using to package drugs for sale.
Their relationship began in 2016, Glover reportedly told police in a statement. At one point that year, Taylor rented a car which Glover then used.
The car was found with a corpse inside the car, shot down eight times, along with Taylor’s rental agreement, the report said. Taylor was involved in a murder investigation at that time.
Taylor was never charged and had no criminal record. Police suspected she was involved in Glover’s drug dealing, but he denied this.
A lawyer for Taylor’s family, Sam Aguiar, said a plea deal was offered to Glover in July, which would have forced him to implicate him. He posted a social media document on Monday that appeared to show Taylor listed as a “co-accused” in illegal activity.
Jefferson County attorney Tom Wine said the document was a “draft that was part of pre-arraignment plea negotiations.”
One of the officers involved in the raid, former Detective Brett Hankison, was fired from the LMPD in June for “firing 10 shots indiscriminately” according to police documents. Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove have been placed on administrative leave as investigations continue.
Louisville authorities have faced calls from sports and entertainment stars, activists and others to prosecute the officers involved in the shooting. They haven’t yet.