/  09.01.2020


Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of the late Breonna Taylor, has filed lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), reports the Courier Journal.

Walker says that he is a victim of police misconduct and he is seeking immunity from prosecution for firing a single bullet, which allegedly hit a police officer the night they broke into his girlfriend’s apartment under a “no-knock” warrant and fatally shot her.

“Kenny continues to reel from the death of the love of his life, but he is also the victim and survivor of police misconduct — misconduct that threatens his freedom to this day,” the complaint said.

Attorney Steve Romines says his client did not fire the bullet that hit the police officer in the leg. “We know police are firing wildly from various angles,” Romines told the outlet. “The timeline and evidence at the scene is more indicative of [police] actually shooting [Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly] than it is Kenny Walker.”

Walker is seeking “unspecified monetary damages from the city and Louisville Metro Police for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence,” according to the Courier Journal.

During a press conference Tuesday (Sep. 1), Romines said the investigation for Taylor’s death has taken almost six months, but the police immediately arrested his client within hours of the shooting because it fit their narrative.

“Using the criminal justice system to try to justify the shooting of Breonna Taylor is what this complaint is about,” Romines said. “And we’re watching it in real-time every day.”

Based on evidence Romines has received, including crime scene photos, he says the police fired between 35 and 45 bullets into Taylor’s apartment during two different times. “The radio transmission and the 911 calls reflect that a minute and eight seconds transpires with no shots before they start shooting into the apartment again,” he said.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Mayor Greg Fischer, LMPD Police Chief Rob Schroeder, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, the Louisville Area Governmental Self-Insurance Trust, former Chief Steve Conrad, 13 LMPD officers and some unidentified officers.

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