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Police: Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Was Dealing Drugs, Blamed Shooting On Her

Louisville, KY – The recently-released trove of documents and videos related to the Breonna Taylor case revealed that her current boyfriend was also dealing drugs and tried to pin the shooting on her, according to police (video below).

The Taylor investigation file, which was posted to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) website on Oct. 7, contained 4,470 pages in total, WLKY reported.

Taylor was killed on March 13 during a raid on her apartment in connection with a narcotics investigation.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on LMPD officers who were serving the search warrant, and Taylor was killed when the officers shot back.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted one of the officers on three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighbor’s occupied apartment, but no criminal charges were levied against the officers who fatally shot Taylor.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Sept. 23 that the state’s investigation into the Taylor’s shooting had determined that the officers who used deadly force had been justified.

Among other surprises, the data dump contained bodycam video of Taylor’s boyfriend telling police that it was his girlfriend who shot at them as he was being arrested.

“We were in bed, we were scared! We didn’t know who it was!” Walker told officers in the video. “She asked 10 times, ‘who’s at the door?’”

“There was banging at the door she said ‘who is it’ and then they started shooting,” he claimed.

“No. We said three times we had a search warrant,” one of the officers told Walker in the video.

That’s when police realized there had been somebody else shot inside the apartment.

“There’s somebody dead inside?” another officer asked.

“Yeah, my girlfriend. It’s her house! She’s on the ground in the hallway!” Walker replied.

“What kind of gun did she shoot?” an officer asked in the video.

“It’s a nine… it’s a regular 9mm,” Walker said.

“Did she shoot or did you shoot?” an officer asked.

“It was her!” Walker insisted in the video. “She was scared!”

Walker later changed his story and admitted he had been the one who opened fire and shot LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly.

Attorneys for Taylor’s boyfriend have said he was obviously under emotional duress when he tried to pin the shooting on his dead girlfriend.

“You could tell in that video, he still had no idea what was going on,” attorney Lee Merritt told TMZ after the document dump. “He just woke up in the middle of the night to a barrage of bullets, or someone banging on the door. They were scared. They fired a shot. And I say they because now there’s some question about who fired the shot.”

“I know that Kenneth Walker has since walked back those statements. He was under threat… and he was told ‘you’re going to go to jail for the rest of your life,’” Merritt explained. “He didn’t know if that bullet had struck and killed a cop or what happened. There was a lot of confusion. But the emotionalism in his voice adds credibility to everything he has said so far.”

Walker did an interview on Wednesday with Gayle King on CBS This Morning and made claims that contradicted what was shown in the bodycam videos that have been released, as well as his own attorney’s statements.

Taylor’s boyfriend claimed on Oct. 14 that he thought the officers who wanted to arrest him that night were responding to his 911 call after the gunfight.

“I’ve never been to war but I assume that’s what war sounds like,” was how Walker described what happened after he shot at the police officers in Taylor’s apartment.

He told King that officers took the cuffs off of him and let him move freely inside the police station and said he was surprised when he found out he was accused of shooting a police officer.

Walker also claimed that he didn’t know his girlfriend was dead until he saw Taylor had died on the news, contrary to what the bodycam showed he told officers when he was being arrested.

Anti-police activists and Taylor’s family have tried to paint a portrait of her as a pillar of society who was no longer dating her former drug dealer boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.

However, investigative documents showed Taylor was photographed in her car with Glover driving it a month prior to the raid at her apartment, the Daily Mail reported.

The data dump also included a series of pictures of Taylor and Walker posing with the 9mm handgun he fired at officers and an AR-15 pistol.

“Partners in crime,” captioned a picture on Walker’s phone that showed him posing with the handgun and Taylor holding the AR-15 pistol, the Daily Mail reported.

Taylor sent a picture of herself with the AR-15 pistol to Walker in a text message, according to the documents.

The investigation also found that she sent another text message to Walker asking for a picture of the same gun to show a “white boy” she worked with who might want to buy it, the Daily Mail reported.

Walker was not named in the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment and the gun he used was legally registered, but police say that discovered during their investigation after the shooting that Taylor’s current boyfriend was dealing drugs, too.

Newly-released documents showed that investigators found text message exchanges between Walker and about two dozen customers in the six months leading up to the raid at Taylor’s apartment, the Daily Mail reported.

Investigators said they “found numerous conversations about drug trafficking” in Walker’s phone.

In the text messages, Walker discussed selling pills to Hooters’ waitresses, priced out half ounces and ounces of weed, and sent an image of a bag of marijuana labeled “Cali High Grade Premium Cannabis 1LB,” the Daily Mail reported.

Investigative documents also showed that Walker discussed robbing somebody in a group chat and asked how much “bread” the target had.

The investigation showed that he also told somebody in that chat that he always “does his homework on every mission,” the Daily Mail reported.

Watch Walker blame the shooting on Taylor in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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