Tyler Perry is not new to philanthropic deeds and giving his all to help others and once again he has reached out for a just cause. The media mogul recently donated $100,000 to a GoFundMe account set up on behalf of Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of the late Breonna Taylor.
Recall in March the 26 year old was fatally shot dead during a raid at her residence in Louisville, Kentucky, upon the police being “informed” about narcotics in her home, no drugs were found. Police officers had obtained a “no-knock” search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation.
According to a source who spoke to E! News, the 51-year-old star gave $100,000 to the legal defense fund of Kenneth Walker, through four separate contributions to a GoFundMe page set up on Walker’s behalf. With Perry’s help the fund’s goal was surpassed.
The Courier Journal, citing attorneys representing Taylor’s family, claimed the man police were looking for had also already been located and identified by police.
The Louisville Metropolitan Department claimed its officers knocked several times and identified themselves before entering Taylor’s home, but according to NBC News, citing a since-settled lawsuit by Taylor’s family, the police did not identify themselves and Taylor and Walker believed their home was being broken into.
The site reports of the lawsuit that Walker who was licensed to carry, mistook the officers as intruders and fired a single shot. According to CBS News’ coverage of the filing, police claimed they fired after Walker shot first.
In September, Walker filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the department. The following month, Louisville Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who claimed he was shot in the leg by Walker during the raid, filed a lawsuit against Walker and alleged assault, battery and emotional distress. Per NBC News, Mattingly’s suit stated, “Walker did intentionally shoot Mattingly or acted recklessly in firing his pistol in the direction of the police officers who were serving a search warrant.” But according to NBC News, Walker’s attorney Steve Romines said the suit is “the latest in a cycle of police aggression” and an “obstruction of the facts in what is an obvious coverup.”
“If Kenny can be sued for defending himself, make no mistake, all lawful gun owners’ rights are at risk. And that should scare everyone,” Romines said in a statement to NBC News. “We intend to defend Kenny—once again—from baseless charges intended to harm, intimidate, and cover up the events of March 13, 2020.”