Kenneth Walker Wiki – Kenneth Walker Biography
Kenneth Walker is the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, at the time of Louisville Metro Police officers raid where Breonna Taylor shot dead by a police officers
Kenneth Walker Arrested and Charges
Walker, who was arrested and charged with attempted homicide on accusations he shot one of the police officers during the raid, is being defended by attorney Rob Eggert. Eggert told local news station WDBR that Walker was acting in self-defense and said Taylor’s death was the result of “police misconduct.”
Kenneth Walker, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault for shooting Sgt. John Mattingly; Mattingly survived and underwent surgery for his injuries.
He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer argued that he acted in self-defense because he didn’t know who was at the door.
Initial reports from the Louisville Courier-Journal have police describing Taylor as “a female suspect”: “A Louisville Metro Police sergeant was shot and wounded and a suspect was killed early Friday during a narcotics investigation near St. Andrews Church Road and Doss High School, according to authorities.”
According to Walker’s lawyer, Walker shot back in self-defense because he said police did not announce themselves. His lawyer wrote to the court that Walker “wishes to exonerate himself. His girlfriend was killed in a hail of police bullets while naked and he himself simply acted to try to protect himself.”
Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, told local TV station WHAS-11, “This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street,” Bonica Austin, Taylor’s aunt, said.
“Had Mr. Walker known that police were outside he would have opened the door and ushered them in,” Eggert told the Courier-Journal, adding that no drugs were found, the home belonged to Taylor, and Walker wasn’t even the target of the police’s search warrant.
Sam Aguiar, a lawyer for Taylor’s family, told WDRB that it was a case of misidentification and that he believed officers were looking for someone else connected to a different raid.
“Something went terribly wrong,” he said. “This was clearly a botched execution of a warrant.”
Walker was being held on a $250,000 full cash bond, yet Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens released him to home incarceration, to the outrage of the police union.
In an email to WDRB, Chief Steve Conrad declined to discuss the “incident that resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death” due to the pending Public Integrity investigation. However, he did note that no camera footage was available for the incident, because Criminal Interdiction Division officers do not wear them.
Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Brent Hankison have all been placed on administrative leave. One of them, Cosgrove, was sued for excessive force by a man he shot in 2006 at a Speedway gas station; Cosgrove won the suit.
At a press conference held 15 hours after the shooting, Conrad said, “We are extremely fortunate that our officer John Mattingly was not more seriously injured. We have no body-worn video cameras to share with you; this incident as related to the execution of a search warrant … even without the videos, our Public Integrity Unit will conduct a complete review of this case.”