You have probably heard or read about the raid carried out by Kentucky police officers because it caused an innocent woman, Breonna Taylor, to die. And now, one of the officers involved in the raid is suing the lady's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, for emotional distress, assault, and battery.
Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, in his lawsuit against the 26-year-old man, alleges that the shot the young man fired on the night of the raid was:
… outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency or morality.
The officer would also like a jury trial, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
After Walker shot him, Mattingly had to undergo a five-hour surgery. The man had hit him in the femoral artery.
He was lucky to get away with his life. In fact, according to news reports:
Sgt. Mattingly was shot and nearly killed by Kenneth Walker. He's entitled to, and should, use the legal process to seek a remedy for the injury that Walker has caused him.
Mattingly is actually countersuing Walker, who was with Taylor at the time of the raid.
Previously, Walker filed a lawsuit against the city and the Louisville police. In the suit, the mayor and the attorney general are also listed as defendants.
Walker was requesting immunity for his actions under the "Stand Your Ground" law.
After the raid, Brett Hankinson, a Louisville Metro police officer lost his job. He was found guilty of wanton endangerment because he fired shots into the home of Taylor's neighbor.
However, he faced no charges for the shots he fired at Taylor, even though they caused her death.
Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove did not face any charges regarding the deadly raid.
On the day Taylor was shot dead, the three officers were serving a search warrant.
The warrant was in relation to the woman's former boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, who was later found 10 miles from her apartment on the night she was shot dead.
But things quickly got out of hand when Walker responded by firing a shot at the officers. However, the officers claim to have announced themselves when serving the search warrant.
Walker is a legal gun owner. He also argued that he thought the officers were intruders, which is why he fired at them.
At first, Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer. He was also accused of first-degree assault.
However, the prosecutors dropped the charges for lack of evidence. But now, it's not clear if the charges leveled against the man by the police officer he almost shot dead will hold.