LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, who shot police as they walked through Taylor’s door the night she was killed, has settled two lawsuits against the city of Louisville, his attorneys said Monday.
The city has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Walker’s lawsuits in federal and state courts, one of its attorneys, Steve Romines, said in a written statement. He added that Taylor’s death “will haunt Kenny for the rest of his life.”
“He will live with the effects of being endangered by a forged warrant, being the victim of a hail of gunfire and suffering the unimaginable and horrific death of Breonna Taylor,” he said. Romines said.
Walker and Taylor were put into bed for the night when they were woken by a knock on his apartment door around midnight on March 13, 2020. Police were outside with a drug warrant and they used a ram to knock down the door. Walker fired a single shot from a handgun, hitting Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg. Mattingly and two other officers then opened fire, killing Taylor.
Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, but the charges against him were eventually dropped as protests and media attention over the Taylor case intensified in the spring of 2020.
Walker told investigators he was unaware police were at the door and believed an intruder was trying to break in.
Earlier this year, US Justice Department prosecutors charged three Louisville officers with conspiring to tamper with the Taylor warrant. One of the former officers, Kelly Goodlett, pleaded guilty and admitted to helping create a false connection between Taylor and a wanted drug dealer.
Walker wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece in August that a police officer had “finally taken some responsibility for my girlfriend’s death.”
“Knowing all the trouble this failed raid would create, Louisville police tried to use me as a scapegoat to deflect blame,” he wrote. “It almost worked.”
Two other former officers involved in the warrant, Joshua Jaynes and Kyle Meany, are due to stand trial in federal court next year.
The city of Louisville paid a $12 million settlement to Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, in September 2020.
Walker’s attorneys said Monday that part of the settlement he received would be used to establish a scholarship fund for law students interested in practicing civil rights law. Another portion will go to the Center for Innovations in Community Safety, a police and community reform center at Georgetown Law School.