After the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, ongoing protest across the nation have continued. The fight for justice for Taylor has not slowed down especially after the announcement of none of the police officers involved in her death is being charged in the murder. In addition, one jury member has gone on record of how the proceeds went during her trial and information not present to the jury.
Now another wrench in the story has been added. Louisville Metro Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly has filed a lawsuit against Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
Walker shot at officers the night of the tragedy, striking Mattingly in his thigh. However, Walker did not know it was police in his apartment, as they entered the home with a no-knock warrant. From the beginning Walker has stated, he thought it was an intruder and fired his legal weapon in self-defense under the “stand your ground” law.
But, Mattingly is stating the shot in his thigh was “outrageous, intolerable and offends all accepted standards of decency or morality.” Mattingly is suing Walker for battery, assault, and emotional distress.
Walker’s attorney, Steve Romines is an attempt to “further victimize and harass” his client.
“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. Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise.”
On the opposing side, Mattingly’s representation is stating he is entitled to damages for medical treatment, trauma and pain caused by the shot.
“He’s entitled to, and should, use the legal process to seek a remedy for the injury that Walker has caused him,” Kent Wicker said in a statement.
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