One of many three law enforcement officials concerned within the deadly taking pictures of Breonna Taylor has sued Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend for assault and battery, the newest growth in a case that electrified this yr’s widespread protests for racial justice.
In a courtroom doc filed on Thursday, counsel for the officer, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, stated he needs to be entitled to compensatory damages for the medical therapy, trauma, bodily ache and psychological anguish he skilled on account of the evening Ms. Taylor died.
When three white law enforcement officials raided Ms. Taylor’s Louisville, Ky., house on March 13, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot that wounded one of many officers within the leg, the police stated. When the wounded officer, Sergeant Mattingly, fired again, the bullet missed Mr. Walker, who ducked, however hit Ms. Taylor, who was standing beside him, Sergeant Mattingly’s lawyer stated in a courtroom submitting.
Prosecutors initially charged Mr. Walker, 27, with tried homicide however dropped the fees in Might. Mr. Walker, who stated he fired the shot as a result of he feared an intruder, then sued the Louisville Metro Police Division and town of Louisville and sought immunity primarily based on a state legislation that allows using affordable drive, together with lethal drive, to guard towards intruders in a single’s dwelling.
Steve Romines, Mr. Walker’s lawyer, stated on Friday that the fees have been baseless.
“That is the newest in a cycle of police aggression, deflection of accountability and obstruction of the information in what’s an apparent cover-up,” Mr. Romines stated. “If Kenny will be sued for defending himself, make no mistake, all lawful gun house owners’ rights are in danger. And that ought to scare everybody.”
Kent Wicker, Sergeant Mattingly’s lawyer, stated in an announcement on Friday that Mr. Walker had virtually killed his consumer.
“He’s entitled to, and may, use the authorized course of to hunt a treatment for the harm that Walker has triggered him,” Mr. Wicker stated.
Ms. Taylor’s loss of life got here two months earlier than the loss of life of George Floyd in police custody and simply weeks after Ahmaud Arbery was killed by armed white males whereas he was jogging. The loss of life of Ms. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black lady, turned a rallying cry for tens of 1000’s of protesters who took to the streets within the spring and summer season to name for justice.
Not like within the instances of Mr. Floyd and Mr. Arbery, whose deaths have been captured on video, Ms. Taylor’s loss of life was not filmed — the Louisville law enforcement officials who raided her dwelling weren’t carrying physique cameras — and a few of the particulars across the taking pictures have been unclear.
In September, a grand jury weighing proof within the case decided not to charge two of the officers who shot at Ms. Taylor a number of occasions. The third officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted on prices of reckless endangerment for firing right into a neighbor’s house.
Mr. Hankison was the one officer dismissed due to the case. Nobody was charged for inflicting the loss of life of Ms. Taylor. No medicine have been present in her house the evening of the raid.
After the grand jury resolution was introduced, demonstrators poured into the streets of Louisville, Chicago, New York and different cities to protest the choice, which, they stated, didn’t adequately maintain the police accountable for Ms. Taylor’s loss of life.
Final month, in an electronic mail to his colleagues, Sergeant Mattingly railed towards the Police Division’s command employees, the mayor and the F.B.I.
“It’s unhappy how the great guys are demonized,” he wrote, “and criminals are canonized.”
Michael Levenson, Richard A. Oppel Jr., Derrick Bryson Taylor and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs contributed reporting.