Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Death has Filed a Countersuit Against Boyfriend Kenneth Walker
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Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death, filed a lawsuit against Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker on Oct. 29. The countersuit states that Mattingly should be entitled to compensation after the injury that was caused after Walker shot him on the thigh. This countersuit comes after Walker filed a lawsuit against Louisville Metro Police Department for misconduct.
Walker filed the lawsuit in September after the attempted murder charges of shooting an officer against him were dropped. These charges were brought upon after Walker shot officer Mattingly during the Breonna Taylor house raid on March 13th. However, Walker has stated in recent interviews that his use of a firearm was solely an action towards self-defense. Walker’s lawsuit states that the Louisville Metro Police Department acted wrongfully and that he would no longer “remain silent.”
Following his lawsuit, officer Jonathan Mattingly decided to file a countersuit against Walker after the bullet that was fired by him injured his thigh. Mattingly recently spoke up about the lawsuit in an interview with ABC News in which he explains he “suffered severe trauma and emotional distress.”
Although Walker stated that he aimed at the ground when he shot, Mattingly says otherwise. Mattingly explains that Walker pointed directly at him with the intention to shoot at him, which is why many shots were fired towards Breoanna Taylor and Walker shortly after. Officer Mattingly was placed on a leave of absence following the incident.
The counterclaim states the gunshot that struck Mattingly was an action that “Walker did so willingly and maliciously.”