LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department a day prior to the anniversary of her death.
The lawsuit, which stems from a forced-entry raid on Taylor’s apartment in March of last year, alleges police violated Walker’s constitutional rights.
Officers executed a no-knock warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the middle of the night which ended in Walker, who says he believed the police were intruders, fired one shot as his door was broken down. Officers returned 32 shots, killing Taylor and nearly striking residents in neighboring apartments.
Officers found no drugs or money in the apartment, which was the original purpose of the search warrant.
Taylor’s controversial death caused widespread protests across the United States. Despite no officer involved facing charges related to Taylor’s death, the Louisville Metro Council passed “Breonna’s Law” last June banning the execution of no-knock search warrants.
Following the shooting, Walker was charged with attempted murder of an LEO, however, the charges were permanently dismissed last week.
Walker’s legal team, in a filing in the Western District of Kentucky’s US District Court, claims police bear “direct responsibility” in Taylor’s shooting death.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that authorities violated Walker’s fourth amendment rights in the raid-gone-wrong. The suit claims the warrant was based on false information, officers engaged in broken protocol and excessive force, and that officers failed to announce themselves before entering the apartment.
“In view of these manifold failures by LMPD, the events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death and Mr. Walker’s injuries on March 13, 2020 — and other incidents like it — were all but inevitable,” the lawsuit said.
The involved officers dispute the allegation from Walker alleging they didn’t announce themselves before entering the apartment, telling investigators they repeatedly knocked and made their presence known before forcing entry into the home.
Former detective Brett Hankinson was charged with wantonly endangering neighboring apartments for “blindly” firing ten shots into the apartment.
Two other cops, detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes, were fired in January for their involvement in the shooting. The two men allegedly fired the shots that killed Taylor.
Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, who Walker shot in the leg, filed a lawsuit over his injuries.