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Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend, Kenneth Walker Files Civil Complaint Against Louisville Police and City

September 1, 2020 By: Ben Abrams

Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, the Louisville EMT who was shot while in bed on March 13 by officers executing a no-knock warrant, filed a civil complaint Tuesday against the city and the local police department.

Kenneth Walker during a rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., June 25, 2020. Photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

Walker fired a single shot hitting Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly's leg, while he and other policemen were breaking down Taylor’s door on March 13th. Walker told investigators he thought the cops were intruders breaking into Taylor’s apartment during an early morning raid. Three police officers returned fire, fatally striking Taylor.

The officers claim that they knocked on Taylor’s door and announced themselves as police, however, Walker told investigators he heard the knocking but did not hear the officers saying who they were. Neighbors came forward, saying that they also did not hear the police announce themselves.

In a civil complaint filed Tuesday, Walker's attorney Steve Romines argued his client is immune from being arrested, detained, charged and prosecuted again due to Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, which provides for immunity in cases of permitted force.

Kentucky’s “stand your ground law” says a person is justified in using force and immune from criminal prosecution and civil action “unless the person against whom the force was used is a peace officer, as defined in KRS 446.010, who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law, or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a peace officer.”

Kenneth Walker "has already sustained life-long trauma, still fears harm from those who consider him a danger and seek to take away his freedom again," according to a complaint filed by his lawyer, Steve Romines, in Jefferson County District Court.

Kenneth Walker and Breonna Taylor - Photo via Facebook

Romines also requested an unspecified monetary relief for claims of assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence related to the raid.

Defendants named in the complaint include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, Police Chief - Robert Schroeder and former police chief Steve Conrad.

Also included are Detective Joshua Jaynes (who was placed on administrative leave in June), along with Detective Myles Cosgrove and Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June for his role in the shooting. Mattingly and Cosgrove remain on administrative leave.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron revealed Sunday (Aug 30) that his office has finally received the FBI ballistics report for the Breonna Taylor investigation. Cameron said he will be meeting with the FBI to review the findings, which he said "will help us in the analysis that needs to be undertaken before we can get to final steps."

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