In a shocking turn of events highlighting the ways, law enforcement is allowed to weaponize state-sanctioned violence against the citizens they are vowed to protect, Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly filed a countersuit against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, citing battery, assault, and emotional distress.
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Mattingly seeks a jury trial, damages, and attorney fees in response to a suit filed by Walker this summer against the city of Louisville and the LMPD for $10.5M.
Mattingly was one of the multiple officers involved in Taylor’s death on March 13 and was shot in the thigh by Walker after police entered Taylor’s apartment during a botched raid which took place in the early morning hours.
“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality,” the lawsuit said.
“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,” Mattingly’s attorney Kent Wicker said in a statement obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal.
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Last week Mattingly gave an interview with Good Morning America, where he incredulously stated that Taylor’s shooting had nothing to do with race and claimed he and his family were victims of death threats due to the Taylor case. Now he is inciting further violence by using the legal system to profit and further harass Taylor’s family and loved ones who are still reeling from her death.
Walker sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King two weeks ago where he denounced the LMPD’s claims that they entered Taylor’s apartment lawfully and with notice. He was initially charged with attempted murder for shooting Mattingly, but those charges were later dropped.
“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 obtained by CBS News.
“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,” he added. “Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise.”
“I am a legal gun owner, and I would never knowingly shoot a police officer,” Walker said at a press conference about the lawsuit in September. “Breonna and I did not know who was banging at the door, but police know what they did.”
This week Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer filed to request the appointment of an independent prosecutor after several grand juror members came forward accusing the LMPD and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron of mishandling the investigation into Taylor’s death.
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com
#BreonnaTaylor: No Officers Charged In Murder Of Breonna Taylor, Twitter Is Livid
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Justice. For. Breonna. Taylor. pic.twitter.com/Zs4vl29LFN— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
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This long-broken justice system continues to reveal how it “serves and protects” those in power, not the people & taxpayers that it continuously victimizes while claiming to protect. This ruling regarding the murder of Breonna Taylor is just the latest example. Absolute bullshit.— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) September 23, 2020
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I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you 🙏🏾#BreonnaTaylor— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020
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“You are beautiful.”— raf (@rafaelshimunov) September 23, 2020
“We love you.”
“We are here protecting you.”
Breonna Taylor activist says to children stepping out of their homes to witness march in Louisville.
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They literally did the opposite of “say her name”. After investigating the killing of Breonna Taylor for 6 months, here is the 2-page indictment that was rendered against one officer for wanton endangerment. The indictment makes no explicit mention of her name #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/Vl90sxnhhA— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) September 23, 2020
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Black faces in high places do not get a pass. We can’t allow McConnell’s former lawyer to misrepresent the function of a grand jury & pretend he doesn’t have authority as AG to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) September 23, 2020
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My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. Her loss remains immeasurable, and the continued lack of justice for her murder is inexcusable.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020
We owe it to her memory to demand a justice system that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter once and for all. 1/3
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How can the Breonna Taylor grand jury reach its result? Because the officers who directly returned fire were operating under a series of SCOTUS precedents that made clashes between armed homeowners 1) lawful; 2) inevitable; and 3) unjust (short thread): https://t.co/1bLltoRLXF— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 23, 2020
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2 of the 3 officers who ended Breonna Taylor’s life will face no charges. 1 might get a slap on the wrist. The justice system is beyond broken – for Black people it never worked in the first place. It’s time to vote for transformative change. #SayHerName https://t.co/H1GJI7aAt5— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 23, 2020
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Breonna Taylor’s killers are getting charged for putting OTHER people at risk and damaging property, not because they murdered her while she was sleeping. there’s nothing moral/legal about that and the fact that the issue isn’t being spoken about ?? don’t gloss over this— y/n⁷ (@simpyn_) September 23, 2020
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Contrast the state’s attitude toward Breonna Taylor, who was *suspected* of involvement in street-level drug trafficking, with its attitude toward the bankers, when evidence exists tying them directly to multi-national drug cartels. https://t.co/JQZJZY90l5— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 23, 2020
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So they charged one officer with shooting into the neighbouring apartment of Breonna Taylor but NOT for actually killing Breonna?— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) September 23, 2020
This the Most disrespectful outcome.
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Did I hear that correctly? Only one officer is being held remotely accountable and it's not for killing #BreonnaTaylor but instead for shooting apartments? It's never been clearer that this country considers property more valuable than Black life. https://t.co/um5E19D1pj— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) September 23, 2020
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To be VERY CLEAR:— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 23, 2020
NO POLICE OFFICERS were charged with the murder of #BreonnaTaylor.
Breonna Taylor had nothing to do with even the frivolous indictment.
Ponder on that. Miscarriage of justice.
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This is another example of how our broken, racist justice system doesn't value Black lives.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor deserves better than this. We won't give up until there is true justice. https://t.co/0ri1JnT0YM
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Right now, Black parents all around our country are having another version of 'the talk'. They’re having to explain to their children that despite the broken and inhumane system, that their lives do matter. Tonight, I am praying for each of us and our nation. #BreonnaTaylor— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 23, 2020
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What happened today was not justice. Financial compensation won’t change that. One fall guy won’t change that. Breonna was murdered. Every one of the officers involved should be prosecuted for THAT crime.— sa-roc (@sarocthemc) September 23, 2020
justice for Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/0bkEuVg732
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