Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Sued By Police Officer Involved In Her Death

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 30 Oct 2020 16:04
Breonna Taylor/Facebook/Louisville Metro Police Department

One of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor is suing Taylor’s boyfriend for shooting him. 

On March 13 of this year, Louisville police used a battering ram to break into the home of 26-year-old Taylor after being issued a search warrant.


Following a confrontation between Taylor and the officers, police opened fire at the young woman and fatally shot her.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27, reportedly opened fire the officers first and claims they failed to announce themselves when entering the home – something officers have since disputed and claim they did identify themselves prior to entry.

Breonna Taylor's Death Reminds Us Black Women Need Justice TooBreonna Taylor/Twitter

Now, Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers at Taylor’s home that night, is suing Walker for shooting him.


The lawsuit brought by Mattingly claims he has experienced ‘severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress’ due to Walker’s actions back in March, reported CBS News.

Part of the lawsuit read, ‘Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality.’

Walker was initially arrested and charged for attempted murder following the altercation, but the charges against him were later dropped.

Breonna TaylorPA Images

Prior to Mattingly’s lawcuit, according to ABC News, last month 27-year-old Walker filed his own lawsuit suing the city of Louisville and its officers for immunity against his actions under the Kentucky ‘stand your ground’ law.

The defintion of the ‘stand your ground’ law given by National Conference of State Legislation reads, ‘individuals have the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves against an intruder in their home. This principle has been codified and expanded by state legislatures.’

With this in mind, Walker’s lawyer Steve Romines has dubbed Mattingly’s lawsuit as ‘baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny’.

Breonna Taylor's Death Reminds Us Black Women Need Justice TooBreonna Taylor/Twitter

He 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.

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.

Last month Taylor’s family received a $12 million payout from the city.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, Breonna Taylor, Shooting, suing, US News


CBS News and 1 other
  1. CBS News

    Louisville police officer sues Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, for emotional distress, assault and battery

  2. ABC news

    Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, sues police and city of Louisville for immunity