Charges Permanently Dropped Against Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend, Who Reportedly Fired Warning Shot During Deadly Raid

After the raid leading to Breonna Taylor’s death, her boyfriend received the accusation of shooting a police officer. Now a judge ruled against these charges, which are therefore dropped forever.

Raid At Breonna Taylor’s Home

On March 13, 2020, three police officers searched the house of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor under a warrant. They were looking for her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.

Detective Myles Cosgrove, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, and officer Brett Hankison allegedly shot and killed the woman.

Reports suggest that, on that night, Glover was 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment. All three police officers are no longer in service as a consequence of this episode.

Walker’s Warning Shot

At the time, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was at her place. He later said several times that he only fired one warning shot.

Sergeant Mattingly, however, stated that the bullet hit him in the leg. As a consequence, he needed surgery to remove it from his femoral artery.

This week, Judge Olu Stevens ruled for the charges against Walker to be dismissed with prejudice. The accusations were of assault and attempted murder of a police officer.

Earlier in May, a judge had already rejected the charges once. The new decision by the Kentucky judge makes them drop permanently.

More Consequences Of The Episode

Following the shooting, the city of Louisville accepted to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family. In September, Walker sued the city and its police department as well.

Based on the “Stand Your Ground” law, he asked for prosecutorial immunity. The law allows a citizen to use deadly force in case of a violent threat, providing the right to self-defense.

In October, Mattingly sued Walker back. He accused Taylor’s boyfriend of emotional distress, assault, and battery.

Both Walker’s and Mattingly’s lawsuits are still open. More investigations will therefore follow before the closure of this case.