Louisville, Kentucky--All charges have been dropped against the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, 26, who was shot to death in her home by plain clothes Louisville Police officers who were conducting a “no-knock” warrant on her residence.
Kenneth Walker was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder on a police officer after shooting at police entering Taylor’s home around 1:00 a.m in March.
Walker is said to have injured Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly when he fired his gun.
Taylor’s story gained a new sense of momentum after being shared recently on social multiple times and going viral.
Journalist and activist Shaun King became involved which helped propel public knowledge of the case, as well as put pressure on Louisville prosecutors to release Walker, who was presumably protecting the house from what he perceived to be unknown intruders.
The EMT’s apartment had become the center of a drug investigation and Louisville Police were looking for at least two individuals they believed would be at Taylor’s residence.
Details revealed in the wrongful death suit filed against Louisville Police by Taylor’s family, show that at least one of the two individuals listed in the warrant had been taken into custody earlier that day.
Her family believes that Louisville police should be held accountable for a botched investigation.
King sent this email yesterday with the news of Walker’s release from police custody:
Slauson Girl, big news is breaking:
First, the Police Chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department is resigning in light of the horrible murder of Breonna Taylor and other gross incompetencies.
Then, the Louisville Field Office of the FBI announced that they are opening a full investigation into the Louisville police murder of Breonna Taylor.
And now all charges were just dropped against Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker!!!
Kenneth is a hero. The love of his life was murdered right in front of his eyes. He has suffered so much over these past two months. He is free. Charges dismissed.
Thank you to every donor to his defense fund. Thank you to his brilliant local and national attorneys. Thank you to local organizers. And thank you to every volunteer and caller.
It took all of us. But we’re not finished.