• Search

Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend, Who Shot A Cop, Will Get $2M Settlement From City Over Police Raid From Falsified Warrant

By Holly Matkin, Sandy Malone, and Christopher Berg

Louisville, KY – The city of Louisville has agreed to pay $2 million to Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend to settle two lawsuits he filed in state and federal court in connection with the police raid that left her dead.

Steve Romines, the attorney representing Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, announced the settlements in a statement released on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

The loss of Taylor “will haunt Kenny for the rest of his life,” Romines wrote.

“He will live with the effects of being put in harm’s way due to a falsified warrant, to being a victim of a hailstorm of gunfire and to suffering the unimaginable and horrific death of Breonna Taylor,” he added, according to the Associated Press.

Romines said Walker plans to donate a portion of the settlement to a police and community reform center at Georgetown Law School, as well as to establish a scholarship for law school students wanting to go into civil rights law.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, received a historic $12 million settlement in September of 2020, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor was fatally shot on March 13, 2020, when LMPD officers served a “no-knock” warrant on her apartment in connection with a drug investigation of her former boyfriend.

Her current boyfriend, Walker, opened fire on the officers after they entered the apartment, striking Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Sergeant John Mattingly in the leg, the Associated Press reported.

Police returned fire, hitting and killing Taylor.

Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer for shooting at police during the raid, but those charges were ultimately dropped, the Associated Press reported.

He claimed he thought an intruder was trying to break into the residence and that he didn’t know it was the police.

“Knowing all the problems that this failed raid would create, the Louisville police tried to use me as a scapegoat to deflect blame,” Walker said in an opinion piece in August, according to the Associated Press. “It almost worked.”

Only one of the four officers involved in the raid on Taylor’s home was criminally charged for his actions that night.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said a state grand jury refused to indict the other officers involved in the raid.

Now-former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing wild shots that entered an occupied apartment next door.

He was acquitted by a jury in March.

Taylor’s mother went to DC after Hankison’s acquittal and asked officials at the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to investigate her daughter’s fatal shooting by Louisville police.

Four months later, Taylor’s mother got her wish when DOJ announced federal civil rights charges against Hankison and three other members of LMPD who had gotten the warrants that led to the raid.

“The federal charges announced today allege that members of a Police Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant of Ms. Taylor’s home and that this act violated federal civil rights laws, and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters at a press conference at the time, ABC News reported.

DOJ said the officers sought a warrant knowing they lacked probable cause and knowing that their affidavit supporting the warrant had false or misleading information.

The officers involved in the shooting who were not indicted had no involvement in obtaining the search warrant.

Prosecutors said the officers knew the allegations that Taylor had been receiving drug packages at her home for her former boyfriend were untrue.

Now-former LMPD Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett pleaded guilty in August to violating Taylor’s civil rights by helping falsify an affidavit for a search of the 26-year-old’s apartment in connection with an investigation into her ex-boyfriend.

Charging documents said that then-Det. Goodlett falsely claimed a postal inspector had confirmed Taylor was receiving packages for her convicted drug dealer ex-boyfriend at her apartment before the raid, the Louisville Journal Courier reported.

A federal jury also indicted LMPD Officer Joshua Jaynes and LMPD Sergeant Kyle Meany.

DOJ said the officers sought a warrant knowing they lacked probable cause and knowing that their affidavit supporting the warrant had false or misleading information.

Prosecutors said the officers knew the allegations that Taylor had been receiving drug packages at her home for her former boyfriend were untrue.

Former Sgt. Meany, who was their supervisor, approved the warrant application despite knowing it contained false information, according to DOJ.

“We allege that the defendants knew their actions in falsifying the affidavit could create a dangerous situation, and we allege these unlawful acts resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death,” Garland told reporters, according to CBS News.

Federal trials for Jaynes and Meany are expected to take place next year, the Associated Press reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

View all articles
Written by Holly Matkin

Newsletter

Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."

Sponsored: