On Friday (March 12), Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville, Kentucky police department and several officers for the botched raid that claimed Taylor’s life.
In the lawsuit that was obtained by WHAS 11, Walker said officers violated his civil rights given to Americans under the Fourth Amendment when they raided Taylor’s apartment, opening fire and killing the 26-year-old. The amendment provides constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
According to a report by The Huffington Post, argues that officers did not have reason to conduct the raid on Taylor’s home, nor did they follow protocol and announce themselves as law enforcement upon entering the apartment, and that they used excessive force after Walker fired back in self defense.
The lawsuit comes nearly a year to the day of the fatal raid and was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
“In view of these manifold failures by the LMPD, the events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death and Mr. Walker’s injuries on March 13, 2020 –– and other incidents like it –– were all but inevitable,” the lawsuit says.
A Kentucky judge recently completely dropped the criminal charges against Walker. He faced a charge of attempted murder of a police officer for firing a single shot during the raid, which he maintains was in self defense.
Walker also filed a lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, city of Louisville, and a total of 13 law enforcement officers last year, which remains open.
Walker also the state of Kentucky, city of Louisville, and a total of 13 law enforcement officers last year, which remains open.
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