One of many cops who participated within the no-knock raid that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s dying final yr simply bought a e book deal.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of many three Louisville, Kentucky, law enforcement officials who raided Taylor’s condo in March 2020, is writing a e book in regards to the case, titled “The Battle For Reality: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,” the Courier-Journal reported on Thursday.
Mattingly is similar man who, alongside together with his colleagues, fired greater than two dozen bullets into Taylor’s condo whereas she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had been asleep; the identical man who sued Walker, alleging that Walker’s actions brought about him “extreme trauma, psychological anguish and emotional misery” after Walker witnessed his girlfriend bleed to dying after which was taken away in handcuffs; the identical man who, after Taylor died from at the very least six bullet wounds, wrote an email saying, “We did the authorized, ethical and moral factor that evening.”
Who higher to inform the within story of the tragedy than certainly one of its perpetrators?
The e book will probably be revealed by Tennessee-based Publish Hill Press. Publish Hill Press didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Simon & Schuster, which had been set to distribute the e book, initially declined to touch upon the file. However after this text was first revealed and public backlash swiftly adopted, the corporate mentioned it was backing out of the distribution.
“Like a lot of the American public, earlier immediately Simon & Schuster discovered of plans by distribution shopper Publish Hill Press to publish a e book by Jonathan Mattingly. We now have subsequently determined not be concerned within the distribution of this e book,” a spokesperson for Simon & Schuster instructed HuffPost.
Publish Hill Press focuses on “Christian and conservative political books,” amongst different areas, in line with its website. The corporate has revealed a number of right-wing authors together with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who’s at the moment going through accusations of sexual misconduct, and Laura Loomer, a far-right, anti-Muslim extremist.
At 1 a.m. on March 13 final yr, Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove executed a “no-knock” warrant at Taylor’s condo in relation to a narcotics investigation. The officers didn’t announce themselves and entered utilizing a battering ram. Walker, who had no concept the intruders had been law enforcement officials, fired his legally owned gun in self-defense.
“I don’t know what is going on,” Walker said in a 911 name. “Anyone kicked within the door and shot my girlfriend.”
Taylor was shot at the very least six occasions and died in her hallway. She was 26 years previous.
An FBI ballistics lab determined that Cosgrove fired the bullet that killed Taylor. A search of her condo discovered not one of the medicine or paraphernalia claimed within the warrant.
Hankison and Cosgrove had been each fired from the pressure, and Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment because of photographs fired into neighboring home windows. Not one of the officers, together with Mattingly, had been charged with homicide.
Mattingly continues to be a sergeant within the Louisville Police Division. He’s now additionally an writer.
This text has been up to date to incorporate Simon & Schuster’s determination to not distribute the e book.