Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, Recordsdata Federal Lawsuit In opposition to Louisville Police
Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department just the day before the one-year anniversary that marks the day Taylor was fatally shot by police at her home in Louisville, Kentucky .
The tragic incident occurred on March 13, 2020 after police officers entered Taylor’s apartment with an arrest warrant while she and Walker slept in bed. Walker, a licensed gun owner, claims that plainclothes officers broke into her home unannounced. and that he called the police and fired a self-defense warning shot because he thought they were intruders. As a result, one of the officers was shot in the leg. Police responded with a hail of bullets that killed Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT worker. That same night, Walker was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer. The charges against Walker were recently dismissed by a judge, it was reported last week.
According to the Courier-Journal, Walker has now filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department based on what happened the night Taylor was killed.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit names the Louisville Metro Police Department and the officers involved in the botched robbery and previous investigation. He seeks damages and punitive damages.
The complaint also states that the false information contained in the search warrant was the basis for the search. A detective had checked through a US postal inspector that someone had received parcels in Taylor’s apartment, and that this was the “substance” of the affidavit.
“Without the knowingly false and misleading testimony of the Defendant Jaynes in his affidavit … it would have been obvious, in light of the warrant filing, that there was no likely reason to enter or search Ms. Taylor’s apartment,” the lawsuit states.
“We believe the city used Kenneth as a farmer to cover up the events that took place on March 13, 2020, and continued to use him to cover up the deep-seated flaws within the Louisville Metro Police Department,” said Walker’s attorney Steve Romines in a statement to the Courier-Journal.