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Police sergeant embroiled in Breonna Taylor case pulls out of guide deal to ‘discover different choices’

The Louisville police sergeant in Kentucky who fired at Breonna Taylor after being shot in the course of the lethal raid on Taylor’s residence has pulled out of a publishing deal to “discover different” choices.

Months after Simon & Schuster’s refusal to distribute the guide, which was nonetheless scheduled to be revealed by Publish Hill Press, Louisville Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly determined to sever ties with the Nashville, Tennessee-based publishing home. 

The lately retired officer’s tome is titled “The Struggle For Reality: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.” 

“After spending the final yr and a half watching the media, celebrities, sports activities figures, attorneys, and politicians unfold blatant lies in regards to the scenario with none accountability, I do know I have to do no matter I can to verify the true story is advised,” Mattingly wrote in an Aug. 17 submit on “American Thinker.” 

“I’m grateful to my mates at Publish Hill Press for all of their help and steerage, however after a lot consideration, I’ve determined it’s best that I discover different publishing choices for my guide,” he added.

Louisville Metro Police Department Sgt. John Mattingly.

Louisville Metro Police Division Sgt. John Mattingly. (Louisville Metro Police Division)

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Mattingly, 48, had been with Louisville police since 2000 earlier than he retired in June. 

His plans to write down a guide in regards to the Taylor case set off a storm of criticism on social media earlier this yr. In April, the Publish Hill Press misplaced its distributor after Simon & Schuster introduced it might not be concerned. The guide had initially been scheduled for a fall launch.

“Like a lot of the American public, earlier at the moment Simon & Schuster discovered of plans by distribution shopper Publish Hill Press to publish a guide by Jonathan Mattingly,” Simon & Schuster stated in an April assertion. “We’ve subsequently determined not be concerned within the distribution of this guide.”

On the time, the Publish Hill Press referred to as Mattingly’s story “essential.” 

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In an e-mail to Fox Information on Tuesday, Kelsey Merritt, a spokesperson for Publish Hill Press, stated the separation was “attributable to Simon and Schuster not offering distribution for the guide.”

“We would like the most effective for Sgt. Mattingly and with out distribution, our arms are tied,” Merritt wrote. “[Simon & Schuster] dropped distribution with out studying the manuscript.” 

Mattingly and one other officer fired photographs that hit Taylor in the course of the March 13, 2020, narcotics raid. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical employee, died on the scene, however no medicine have been discovered within the residence.

Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician.

Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician. (Taylor household photograph)

A spokesperson for Benjamin Crump, Taylor’s household legal professional, didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request searching for remark. 

Mattingly was discovered to have fired six of the 32 photographs within the raid at Taylor’s dwelling. Officers decided that one other officer, Myles Cosgrove, fired the deadly shot that killed Taylor.

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Mattingly was shot within the femoral artery by Taylor’s boyfriend however has recovered. Two different officers who fired photographs, Cosgrove and Brett Hankison, have since been fired. Hankison is going through endangerment fees for firing into Taylor’s neighbor’s residence.

In his “American Thinker” article, Mattingly stated his life “has by no means been the identical” for the reason that March 2020 raid. 

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Kentucky. (AP)

Kentucky Legal professional Common Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the dying of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Kentucky. (AP)

Mattingly went on to explain how he and his household “acquired dying threats for months on finish,” have been doxed and their social media accounts “have been flooded with vile threats and insults.” They in the end needed to transfer to a special metropolis, he stated. 

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“The institution — media, politicians, and full-time social justice legal professionals — thrive on division and hate,” Mattingly wrote. “As a police officer, I’ve watched them slander my brothers and sisters throughout the nation with little regard for the information. They drum up hatred in opposition to us to allow them to keep related and achieve extra energy.”

He later added: “I plan to inform the reality, irrespective of the associated fee.”

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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