Unfortunately, none of the officers that were involved in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor were faced with any harsh consequences following her murder. Now it looks like one of the officers involved has landed a book deal and will be talking about the shooting.
According to the Courier-Journal, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly will be publishing a book about the incident titled, “The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.” The book is expected to release this fall and will be published by Tennessee-based publisher Post Hill Press.
The Hill notes that Mattingly was the officer that sustained a gunshot wound to his leg the night of the deadly shooting. Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron claimed that Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker was the one who shot Mattingly. However, it was previously reported that the ballistics report could not determine if Kenneth fired the shot that hit Mattingly.
Kenneth repeatedly said that the officers did not announce themselves before entering the apartment, and he only fired his registered handgun out of self-defense because he thought someone was breaking in.
The Courier-Journal first heard about Mattingly’s book on Tuesday when he reached out to one of their photographers about getting permission to use a photo from a protest that took place in May 2020.
The newspaper noted that Mattingly said he is still “in the process of writing,” the book.
As you can imagine, the news of the book has already been met with backlash.
This is absolutely repugnant. We’ll definitely get into this tomorrow night. Sending prayers to Breonna Taylor’s family. https://t.co/p5UXq9muUJ
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 16, 2021
As previously reported, charges against Kenneth Walker have been dismissed with prejudice, and he has since filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, and the officers involved in Breonna’s killing.
Of the officers involved, Brett Hankison was fired from the LMPD and later charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering Breonna’s neighbors as his shots went inside of their apartment.
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