Louisville Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly has filed a civil suit against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, claiming he experienced “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress” due to Walker’s actions during the March 13 incident.
Mattingly was one of the three officers who conducted a no-knock raid at Taylor’s apartment, and once they were inside, Taylor’s boyfriend, who is a licensed gun owner, fired a shot after believing the plainclothes officers were intruders. Walker’s shot wounded Mattingly in the leg, and in his lawsuit, Mattingly calls Walker’s actions “outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality.”
Walker was initially charged with attempted murder following the incident, which left Taylor dead, but the charges were later dropped. Walker then sued the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department and sought immunity based on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Walker’s attorney, Steve Romines, responded to Mattingly’s lawsuit, calling it a “baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny.” Romines added, “Kenny Walker is protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self defense in his own home.”
Romines continued, “Even the most basic understanding of Kentucky’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and the ‘Castle Doctrine’ evidences this fact. One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder would be enough for them. Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise.”
Source: CBS News