Filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Walker’s attorneys allege in the lawsuit that LMPD officers violated the rights of Walker’s Fourth Amendment when they executed the search warrant. at Taylor’s residence.
The lawsuit alleges that the order was based on false claims; the beating took place unnecessarily in the middle of the night; officers did not announce that they were police officers; and the agents responded with excessive force. The lawsuit also alleges that officers who carried out the raid did not coordinate with the Louisville Metro Police SWAT team, which, according to the lawsuit, usually handles raids without beatings.
In addition, the lawsuit generates broader criticism of the LMPD, saying it allows officers to execute night search orders and does so routinely “regardless of the circumstances.” The lawsuit alleges that night search orders “predictably lead to dangerous situations in which search targets confuse police with intruders.”
LMPD said it does not comment on any pending litigation. However, officers involved in the raid have told investigators they had called and announced repeatedly before exploding through the front door with a battering ram.
Georgetown University Law Center professor Cliff Sloan, one of Walker’s attorneys, told CNN on Saturday that the lawsuit was important in claiming Walker’s rights.
“We want to ensure that there is justice and accountability for the tragic and unjustified police assault on Kenneth Walker and the murder of Breonna Taylor at her home in the middle of the night,” he said.
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