Tyler Perry donates $100K to defense of Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, who shot a police officer

LOUISVILLE, KY – Actor and comedian Tyler Perry made four separate donations totaling $100,000 on a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who shot at police the night Taylor was killed.

According to reports, the four transactions were all made within minutes of each other. The first and second donations were for $10,000 each, the third contribution was for $50,000, and the last was for $30,000.

The GoFundMe page was created to help Walker in his upcoming legal battle against one of the Louisville Police Department officers who was wounded during the shooting and is now suing Walker.

The GoFundMe page was set up on November 10 and had raised less than $5,000 before Perry intervened, which was on December 13. As of Tuesday morning, December 15, the fundraiser had raised almost $107,000.

In October, Louisville Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot by Walker, has filed a lawsuit against Walker accusing him of battery, assault, and emotional distress. Mattingly was shot in the thigh during the March 13 incident in which Taylor was fatally shot. 

Sgt. Mattingly was serving a search warrant related to a drug investigation at Taylor’s apartment with a team of officers when Walker opened fire and shot him in the leg. Walker was initially arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting Mattingly.

However, Walker has claimed that he fired one warning shot and did not actually “aim” at anyone. Reportedly, those charges were later dropped and Walker filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, claiming he was protected from prosecution under that state’s “stand your ground laws.”

Walker’s lawsuit seeks damages for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and negligence stemming from the incident. 

Sgt. Mattingly gave an interview to ABC News and said that Walker was not firing a warning shot when he was hit. 

Mattingly said:

“He wasn’t shooting at the ground or a warning shot. He’s pushed out with two hands looking straight at me. We, I saw his gun. Our postures were the same looking at each other when he fired that shot at me.”

In his lawsuit, Mattingly accuses Walker of causing him “severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress.” In one of the legal standards for intentional emotional distress, his attorney said:

“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality.”

Sgt. Mattingly also told ABC News that his family was suffering during that time and had gone into hiding because they received threats. 

Walker’s attorney, Steve Romines, said he received a call from Perry after he donated to the GoFundMe page. Romines said:

“He saw that Kenny had been sued and he felt like that was a miscarriage of justice.”

He added:

“Generally, when somebody gets sued, an insurance company provides the defense, or in Mattingly’s case, the city provides the defense. Kenny was going to have to pay for his defense out of his own pocket.”

Romines also called Mattingly’s lawsuit a “baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny.” He insisted that his client could not be prosecuted under Kentucky’s “stand your ground” laws. He said in a written statement:

“Kenny Walker is protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self-defense in his own home.”

In a statement obtained by CBS News, Mattingly’s attorney voiced his support for his client. He said:

“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.”

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Police sergeant sues Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, for shooting him and causing emotional distress

October 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, KY The plot thickens regarding the controversial matters surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor. The latest development is that the officer shot by Taylor’s boyfriend during the serving of the warrant earlier this year has filed a civil suit against Taylor’s boyfriend for shooting him.

The suit being brought forth by Louisville Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly against Kenneth Walker is looking to receive compensatory damages linked to emotional distress, assault and battery from being shot by Walker on March 13th.

According to the suit filed, Sgt. Mattingly is citing the legal definition of “intentional emotional distress” with the following:

“Walker’s conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality.”

The specific verbiage in the suit is important when trying to allege intentional emotional distress, as there’s four elements that must be proven in order to successfully prove a claim.

Those four elements are as follows:

  • The defendant must act intentionally or recklessly
  • The defendant’s conduct must be extreme and outrageous
  • The conduct must be the cause
  • Severe emotional distress must be present

Essentially, Sgt. Mattingly’s attorney Kent Wicker must be able to prove that Walker’s actions fit within the definitions of said tort. Wicker seems to be optimistic about the effort, saying the following:

“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.”

However, attorney Steve Romines, who is Walker’s representation, finds the lawsuit to be “baseless” and Kentucky state law also clearly defines that Walker is protected from “civil liability” in this case:

“Kenny Walker is protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self-defense in his own home.”

Even though Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer back in March of this year, those charges were subsequently dropped in May after citing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws as to why he opened fire on plainclothes officers.

Romines commented on the very law in question when commenting on the suit brought against his client:

“Even the most basic understanding of Kentucky’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and the ‘Castle Doctrine’ evidences this fact. One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder would be enough for them.

“Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise.”

The lawsuit being filed on the behalf of Sgt. Mattingly is what’s known as a counterclaim to a lawsuit that was filed by Walker earlier this year that names Sgt. Mattingly – among others – alleging police misconduct transpired revolving around evening of the shooting and Walker’s arrest.

Among the allegations in the 39-page suit lodged against the officers involved in the March incident and against the LMPD and City of Louisville, an unspecified amount of damages is being sought for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution and numerous other assertions.

On top of the unspecified damages being sought, the lawsuit also aims to attain immunity from any other possible attempts to prosecute Walker for firing the single shot that hit Sgt. Mattingly during the serving of the warrant back in March of this year.

It’s unclear what will come from either party’s lawsuits at this time.

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