Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend and the only witness to her death at the hands of police officers, has shared details about what really happened that night.
Walker sat down for an interview on this week’s episode of Red Table Talk, along with Breonna’s mother Tamika Palmer and her sister Ju’Niyah Palmer, to discuss their devastating loss and the coverup that followed Taylor’s death.
Taylor, a Black medical worker, was shot and killed in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13, 2020, when officers executed a “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation.
Her boyfriend was legally armed and said he believed the home was being broken into. He fired a shot and injured an officer, and police returned fire killing Taylor. Immediately after the shooting, officers took Walker into custody.
“It’s like 5, 6, 7 o’clock in the morning by the time I finally get processed into jail, because they questioned me,” Walker said on RTT. “Now I’m knowing what they’re probably accusing me of, so I’m scared. They’re trying to ask me questions about me, but I’m like ‘listen, I’ll get to that. ‘Where is Breonna?'”
[Watch the interview below]
Walker told hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and Willow Smith, that the officers refused to say what happened to Breonna.
“I’m asking is she alive? Nobody is answering my questions. So I had to find out what happened on the news sitting in jail,” he shared.
“[The newscasters] didn’t say her name, but they said a woman was killed. That’s how I found out,” Walker added.
The episode of Red Table Talk with Taylor’s loved ones and social justice activists begins streaming on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 9am PT/12pm ET on Facebook Watch.
Taylor, 26, was killed by officers investigating two men they said were selling drugs out of a different location.
But a judge signed a warrant granting police permission to search Taylor’s residence because officers said one of the men had previously used her apartment to receive packages. Taylor had cut ties with the man, her family’s lawyer has said.
Meanwhile after the shooting, Walker was charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer, but the charges were later dismissed.
No state charges were filed against the officers in the case, leading to protests across the nation. But on Aug. 4, the Justice Department announced charges were being filed against four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers for federal civil rights violations in connection with Breonna Taylor’s death.
An affidavit in the case was released on Sep. 6, 2022, and revealed detectives went with their “gut feeling,” and falsified evidence to search Breonna Taylor’s apartment when they couldn’t find proof that it was being used for drug trafficking.
Activists and the NAACP in Kentucky are still calling for changes and accountability.