The utter audacity! Louisville cop Jonathan Mattingly – who was shot while carrying out a botched raid – has filed a countersuit against Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend. Details inside…
2020 is just going to keep 2020’n.
The Louisville police officer who was shot during the botched raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March has filed a countersuit against Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly has filed a civil suit against Kenneth Walker for emotional distress, assault and battery as a result of Kenneth’s actions on the night the 26-year-old EMT was gunned down inside of her home. He claims he has experienced “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress” after the incident.
Kenneth Walker – a lawful and licensed gun owner – fired a warning shot when he believed someone was trying to carry out a home invasion at Breonna’s apartment in the middle of the night while they were sleeping. During an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Kenneth said the police knocked on the door several times, but they never identified themselves before busting through her apartment door. He thought it could possibly be Breonna’s ex-boyfriend – the man the police were looking for in the raid.
In the police officer’s complaint, his attorney said Kenneth “willingly or maliciously” fired at the officer, who was struck in the femoral artery in his upper thigh.
“Sgt. Mattingly was shot and nearly killed by Kenneth Walker. He’s entitled to, and should, use the legal process to seek a remedy for the injury that Walker has caused him,” his attorney, Kent Wicker, said in a statement.
“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality,” the lawsuit said, citing one of the legal standards for intentional emotional distress.
WHET?! This man can’t be serious. It is not “outrageous” to defend your home and loved ones when someone busts in your abode – especially without CLEARLY identifying themselves – in the middle of the night in the dark while you are sleeping. Kenneth’s behavior after the fact, which was caught on SWAT team member’s body cam, proves he was completely caught off guard and in complete shock, and was still trying to piece together what was happening.
After the shooting, Kenneth Walker was initially arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer without prejudice, but those charges were later dropped. However, Kenneth could be charged again as more facts are released.
After the charges were dropped, Kenneth then filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, the city of Louisville, and he also sought immunity based on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Kentucky is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law that should protect Kenneth’s rights but, racism.
Kenneth’s attorney, Steve Romines, called the officer’s lawsuit a “baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny.”
“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,” attorney Steve Romines said in a statement.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of two grand jurors speaking out about how they feel Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron mishandled the case. They said murder and manslaughter charges were never presented to the grand jury. Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, has filed legal documents to have an independent prosecutor review the case and present it before a new grand jury. Get those deets HERE.
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