Breonna Taylor‘s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, has settled two lawsuits against the city of Louisville over the botched raid that took Breonna’s life in 2020. The city agreed to pay $2 million to settle lawsuits filed by Kenneth Walker in federal and state court. One of his lawyers, Steve Romines, said Breonna Taylor’s death would “haunt Kenny for the rest of his life.” Romines said,
“He will live with the effects of being put in harm’s way due to a falsified warrant, to being a victim of a hailstorm of gunfire and to suffering the unimaginable and horrific death of Breonna Taylor.”
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Kenneth claimed the police violated his rights by not announcing themselves in 2020 when they busted into Breonna’s home, and that they used excessive force in killing her.
On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was in her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Shortly after midnight, Louisville Metro Police officers charged through her door on a no-knock warrant looking for a suspected drug dealer. Walker, who feared an intruder was breaking in, fired a shot, and in response police fired 32 times into the apartment, killing Breonna. Her death sparked national outrage and resulted in calls for police defunding/abolishment.
Kenneth Walker was previously charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer after his gunfire hit Louisville Metro Police Sergeant John Mattingly. However, the charges were later dropped in 2021. Walker told investigators he didn’t know police were at the door, and he thought an intruder was trying to break in.
In August, the FBI arrested four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the deadly 2020 raid on Breonna Taylor’s home. The arrested officers have been charged with civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction offenses.
According to reports, Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Goodlett, and Kyle Meany were charged with submitting a false affidavit to search Breonna Taylor’s home, and then working together to create a
“false cover story in an attempt to escape responsibility for their roles in preparing the warrant affidavit that contained false information.”
“unconstitutionally excessive force during the raid on Ms. Taylor’s home,”
due to firing 10 shots that went into an occupied, neighboring apartment
“without a lawful objective justifying the use of deadly force.”
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Joshua Jaynes and Kyle Meany, are scheduled to go on trial in federal court next year.
According to reports, part of the settlement Kenneth Walker received will be used to set up a scholarship fund for law school students interested in practicing civil rights law. Another portion will be contributed to the Center for Innovations in Community Safety, a police and community reform Center at Georgetown Law School.
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