Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the officers involved in the execution of the no-knock warrant that ended in Taylor’s death. Walker alleges that his constitutional rights were violated during the raid.
The day before the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker III filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the officers involved in last year’s fatal raid that seeks damages for violations of his constitutional rights, according to a lawsuit filed Friday and obtained by CNN.
The lawsuit stems from the flawed forced-entry raid at Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020. Walker, thinking officers were intruders, fired one shot as officers broke down the door, hitting Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg, authorities said. The officers returned a barrage of gunfire throughout the apartment, killing Taylor and, according to a statement from the state Attorney General’s Office, nearly hitting a family in another apartment.Walker was arrested and charged with shooting at an officer, but those charges were initially dismissed last year and then dismissed with prejudice, or permanently, last week.Filed in US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday, Walker’s lawyers allege in the suit that LMPD officers violated Walker’s Fourth Amendment rights when they executed the search warrant on Taylor’s residence.
The law suit further accuses the officers of failing to coordinate with the Louisville Metro Police SWAT team, which reportedly typically handles no-knock search warrants. It criticizes the LMPD for regularly allowing officers to carry out search warrants at night, alleging that the execution of late-night search warrants “predictably leads to dangerous situations in which the targets of searches mistake police for intruders.”
“We are seeking to ensure that there is justice and accountability for the tragic and unjustified police assault on Kenneth Walker and killing of Breonna Taylor in her home in the middle of the night,” Georgetown University Law Center professor Cliff Sloan, who is one of the lawyers representing Walker, told CNN in a statement.
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