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Officer in Breonna Taylor Raid Writing a Book

Officer in Breonna Taylor Raid Writing a Book
A sign in remembrance of Breonna Taylor is seen in a game between Racing Louisville FC and the Orlando Pride at Lynn Family Stadium on April 10, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 April 2021 11:02 AM

An officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor is writing a book about the case.

"The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy," is being written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was one of the Louisville Metro officers who fired shots during the botched drug raid that left Taylor dead. The book will be published by Post Hill Press, USA Today reported. 

Post Hill Press Senior Publicist Devon Brown confirmed the news on Thursday to the outlet. Simon & Schuster, which distributes books for Post Hill Press, has announced that it will not be distributing Mattingly's book amid backlash. 

Among critics was state Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville.

"Stay focused, y'all," Scott wrote on Twitter. "People love to profit off of Black pain and tragedy. It sells."

Mattingly has been open about his views on the night that Taylor was killed after police executed a search warrant at her apartment as part of a narcotics trafficking investigation. During an interview with "Good Morning America" last year, he admitted that Taylor would be alive if the search warrant was carried out differently.

"We expected that Breonna was going to be there by herself. That's why we gave her so much time. And in my opinion that was a mistake," Mattingly said, according to ABC News

"We would have either served the no-knock warrant or we would have done the normal thing we do, which is five to 10 seconds," he added. "To not give people time to formulate a plan, not give people time to get their senses so they have an idea of what they’re doing. Because if that had happened, I’m telling you, Michael, if that had happened, Breonna Taylor would be alive."

Although the police had a "no-knock warrant," they testified they did announce themselves before receiving no response and breaking down the door. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, responded by firing a shot that hit Mattingly and severed his femoral artery. Police returned fire, killing Taylor in a hallway. 

Walker was initially charged in the shooting of Mattingly, but the charges were later dismissed. Walker argued that he did not know it was police at the door when he fired shots. Mattingly and Walker have pending civil suits against each other. 

Speaking about the shooting, Mattingly admitted it was hard to move on from the incident.

"I feel for her. I hurt for her mother and for her sisters," he said of Taylor. "It's not just a passing 'Oh, this is part of the job, we did it and move on.' It's not like that. I mean Breonna Taylor is now attached to me for the rest of my life. And that's not again, 'Woe is me.' That's me feeling for them. That's me having a heart and a soul, going as a parent, 'How do you move on?' I don't know. I don't want to experience it."

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