Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was initially arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer after he shot Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly when officers mistakenly entered Breonna Taylor’s apartment. Since the tragedy, Walker has been used as a scapegoat for the murder of Breonna Taylor. After BLM protests sparked awareness of Breonna Taylor’s case, shooting charges against Walker have been permanently dismissed.
Walker was dismissed with prejudice, meaning he cannot be recharged for the incident. Walker sued the city and the police department in September 2020, alleging he is a victim of police misconduct. However, he still faces a civil counterclaim filed by Mattingly.
Walker’s attorney Steve Romines said in a statement:
“We believe the city used Kenneth as a pawn to cover up the events that took place on March 13, 2020, and further used him to cover up the deep-seated failures within the Louisville Metro Police Department… It does not go unnoticed that neither the city nor the LMPD has apologized for using Kenneth as a scapegoat for an improper raid gone bad.”
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