Kenneth Walker, the grief-stricken boyfriend of Breonna Taylor shared his thoughts in his first national TV interview since Taylor’s death at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13. In an exclusive with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, Walker detailed the night of the botched raid and the heartbreaking days that followed without the love of his life by his side.
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Last month a grand jury declined to indict any of the officers in Taylor’s death. Instead, only one officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted on wanton endangerment for firing bullets into a neighboring apartment.
Throughout the months, Walker’s story has not changed and he remains adamant that the police never announced themselves at Taylor’s door. Walker maintains that he fired in self-defense, believing an intruder was unlawfully entering the apartment. Police say the raid was an attempt to find drugs linked to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover. They found none.
“It was dead silent in the house,” he explained to King. “And it was 12:00, 1:00 at night, or whatever time. So it was — it’s always quiet. We live in a quiet place. So if somebody was on the other side of the door saying anything, we would hear them.”
“I’m a million percent sure that nobody identified themselves,” he replied as King pressed about his certainty.
“That’s why I grabbed the gun. Didn’t have a clue,” Walker said. “I mean, if it was the police at the door, and they just said, ‘We’re the police,’ me or Breonna didn’t have a reason at all not to open the door to see what they wanted.”
A shot fired by Walker which struck Sgt. John Mattingly was used by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to justify the outcome of the grand jury’s decision. Walker maintains that it was the only time he fired his gun outside of a shooting range.
“That’s why I never thought it was the police. Because why would the police be coming here?” Walker said.
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Walker, a registered gun owner was initially arrested for attempted murder, but the charges were later dropped. He is currently suing the city of Louisville for $10.5M.
In the chaotic moments that followed Walker said he was taken outside the apartment where he was greeted with barking police dogs and bright lights. When one officer asked if he was struck by the hail of bullets, Walker said he was taken aback when the officer expressed disappointment that he wasn’t injured. Bodycam video in the interview showed the callousness of the officers, with one saying, “She’s done,” referring to Taylor’s lifeless body. All the while, Walker said he was unsure if his girlfriend was dead or alive.
Walker said that when he arrived at the police station, the tone of the officer’s changed, and he was surprised when the officers took off his handcuffs where he moved freely about the station. The freedom didn’t last long–he was formally charged and sent to jail, which is where he finally overheard the news that Taylor was dead during a news broadcast.
In the interview, Walker said he wants the world to know that Taylor was a loving sister, friend, and partner who did her best to make those she loved happy.
“To the world, she’s just a hashtag, a picture and all that, but to me, it was much more. More than a girlfriend too, I think that’s what I want the world to know the most. That was my best friend,” he said.
“That was your best friend?” King asked.
“Easy,” he replied.” “The most important person to me pretty much on earth and they took her.”
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com
#BreonnaTaylor: No Officers Charged In Murder Of Breonna Taylor, Twitter Is Livid
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Justice. For. Breonna. Taylor. pic.twitter.com/Zs4vl29LFN— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
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This long-broken justice system continues to reveal how it “serves and protects” those in power, not the people & taxpayers that it continuously victimizes while claiming to protect. This ruling regarding the murder of Breonna Taylor is just the latest example. Absolute bullshit.— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) September 23, 2020
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I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you 🙏🏾#BreonnaTaylor— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020
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“You are beautiful.”— raf (@rafaelshimunov) September 23, 2020
“We love you.”
“We are here protecting you.”
Breonna Taylor activist says to children stepping out of their homes to witness march in Louisville.
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They literally did the opposite of “say her name”. After investigating the killing of Breonna Taylor for 6 months, here is the 2-page indictment that was rendered against one officer for wanton endangerment. The indictment makes no explicit mention of her name #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/Vl90sxnhhA— Ayman (@AymanM) September 23, 2020
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Black faces in high places do not get a pass. We can’t allow McConnell’s former lawyer to misrepresent the function of a grand jury & pretend he doesn’t have authority as AG to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) September 23, 2020
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My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. Her loss remains immeasurable, and the continued lack of justice for her murder is inexcusable.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020
We owe it to her memory to demand a justice system that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter once and for all. 1/3
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How can the Breonna Taylor grand jury reach its result? Because the officers who directly returned fire were operating under a series of SCOTUS precedents that made clashes between armed homeowners 1) lawful; 2) inevitable; and 3) unjust (short thread): https://t.co/1bLltoRLXF— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 23, 2020
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2 of the 3 officers who ended Breonna Taylor’s life will face no charges. 1 might get a slap on the wrist. The justice system is beyond broken – for Black people it never worked in the first place. It’s time to vote for transformative change. #SayHerName https://t.co/H1GJI7aAt5— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 23, 2020
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Contrast the state’s attitude toward Breonna Taylor, who was *suspected* of involvement in street-level drug trafficking, with its attitude toward the bankers, when evidence exists tying them directly to multi-national drug cartels. https://t.co/JQZJZY90l5— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 23, 2020
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So they charged one officer with shooting into the neighbouring apartment of Breonna Taylor but NOT for actually killing Breonna?— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) September 23, 2020
This the Most disrespectful outcome.
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Did I hear that correctly? Only one officer is being held remotely accountable and it's not for killing #BreonnaTaylor but instead for shooting apartments? It's never been clearer that this country considers property more valuable than Black life. https://t.co/um5E19D1pj— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) September 23, 2020
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To be VERY CLEAR:— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 23, 2020
NO POLICE OFFICERS were charged with the murder of #BreonnaTaylor.
Breonna Taylor had nothing to do with even the frivolous indictment.
Ponder on that. Miscarriage of justice.
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This is another example of how our broken, racist justice system doesn't value Black lives.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor deserves better than this. We won't give up until there is true justice. https://t.co/0ri1JnT0YM
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Right now, Black parents all around our country are having another version of 'the talk'. They’re having to explain to their children that despite the broken and inhumane system, that their lives do matter. Tonight, I am praying for each of us and our nation. #BreonnaTaylor— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 23, 2020
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What happened today was not justice. Financial compensation won’t change that. One fall guy won’t change that. Breonna was murdered. Every one of the officers involved should be prosecuted for THAT crime.— sa-roc (@sarocthemc) September 23, 2020
justice for Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/0bkEuVg732