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Louisville Judge Dismisses Case Against Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend

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Some justice in the tragic case of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old unarmed woman who was shot and killed in her own home by Kentucky police: a local judge has dismissed charges against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend. 

On March 13, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III, was awoken to officers enforcing a forced-entry raid. In response he fired a single shot thinking intruders were at bay. He was then indicted for attempted murder of a police officer. Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police gunfire after they returned fire.

Since then, “Justice for Breonna Taylor” has been a clarion call in protests and for those calling for an end to police brutality and violence against Black women.

Louisville has since also passed Breonna’s Law, banning “no-knock” warrants and requiring police to wear body cameras when activating search warrants, though no officer was charged for Taylor’s actual murder. Another police reform bill banning no-knock warrants has also passed the US House of Representatives. Only one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting was charged with three counts of felony wanton endangerment for blindly firing 10 shots into Taylor’s home. All three officers have been fired from the Louisville Police Department.