The year 2020 came with many hurtful moments, and some of these moments included the unfair deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others at the hands of white cops.
Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville police officers during a botched house raid to her home, resulting in a nationwide protest tagged “Black Lives Matter.”
At the time of the shooting, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was also in the house, fired warning shots that hit a police officer in the leg. He was later arrested and charged with attempted murder, resulting in a long and frustrating legal battle, as Walker claims he only shot in self-defense as he did not know that the shooters were police officers.
Building To A Crescendo
The lawsuit and ensuing legal battle have attracted lots of attention, and prominent among them is filmmaker Tyler Perry who donated a whooping sum of $100,000 to Walker’s defense fund.
A source disclosed to ET that Perry chose a side to support in the ongoing civil case as he sent $100,000 to Kenneth’s GoFundMe page in bits. As reported by TMZ, the donations were made in four parts.
The film mogul began by first making two $10,000 donations, he then made a $50,000 donation and finally a $30,000 donation.
Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Charged With Emotional Distress Lawsuit
Officer Jonathan Mattingly filed the attempted murder lawsuit against Walker, and Walker is preparing to go to court.
According to Walker, the police officers had on civilian clothing on the night of the shooting. They also refused to identify themselves after repeatedly asking them to do so from the other side of the door as they tried to force it open.
In a counter-statement, the officers maintained that they indeed identified themselves, and officer Mattingly claimed that Walker shot him in the leg purposely while claiming it was a warning shot.
Protect Breonna Taylor
It has not yet been proven that Walker indeed shot the officer in the leg as the bullet could have easily been one of the thirty-six shots he and other officers shot, six of which hit and killed Taylor.
Mattingly is suing the 27-year-old for trauma and emotional distress.
In September, Walker disclosed that he is suing Louisville’s city and its police department for immunity against his actions on the night of the shooting under Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, as he only shot in self-defense.
The Enemy Within
On that fateful night, the officers were in the apartment to serve a search warrant for Taylor’s apartment concerning a narcotic investigation centered on Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover.
The police officers maintained that they had identified themselves before knocking down the door, but several of Taylor’s neighbors said they did not hear the police announcing their presence.
After Taylor was shot, Walker stayed with her, making a frantic call to Taylor’s mother and 911. On leaving the residence, he was arrested by the police officer, who he thought had come to help and only found out about Taylor’s death while in jail.