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The Louisville police officer who was shot dead in the botched narcotics raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment has filed a counter-suit against Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker.
The lawsuit, filed by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, says Walker committed acts of violence, assault and intentional emotional distress.
Walker, a licensed gun owner, said he believed intruders had entered the house.
But in the complaint, Mattingly’s attorney says Walker “willfully or maliciously” shot the officer, who was punched in the femoral artery in his upper thigh.
“Sgt. Mattingly was shot and was nearly killed by Kenneth Walker. He has the right and should use legal process to seek redress for the injury Walker caused him,” said his attorney, Kent Wicker, in a statement. communicated.
Last month, Walker filed a civil suit against the city and the police department. His attorneys argued that he was safe from being arrested and re-charged due to Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, as NPR member station WFPL reported.
Louisville police shot and killed Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medic, during the raid on her home in March.
Mattingly and the other two officers involved in the raid do not face state charges directly for Taylor’s death.
As NPR’s Brakkton Booker reported, Louisville officials have come under considerable pressure to revisit police tactics after Taylor’s death and the protests that followed. In June, the Louisville Subway Council unanimously voted to ban the no-knock warrants.
In September, Louisville agreed to a $ 12 million settlement with Taylor’s family. The settlement includes a series of policing reforms to be enacted by the Louisville Metro Police Department, including the establishment of a housing incentive program to encourage officers to live in low-income areas of the city. .