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Wounded police sergeant Jonathan Mattingly defended his fellow officers involved in the March 2020 shooting death of Breonna Taylor, saying they did nothing wrong when they fired back at Taylor’s boyfriend after he shot at them first.
“Regardless of the outcome, I know we did the legal, moral, and ethical thing that night,” Mattingly said in an email to 1,000 of his Louisville Police Department colleagues. “It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized.”
Mattingly was shot and injured when he and three other officers entered Taylor’s apartment while searching for an alleged crack-cocaine dealer who lived in Taylor’s apartment complex.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said they “knocked on the door several times,” but Taylor’s family claims in a lawsuit that they didn’t knock.
Mattingly accused the media of defaming him and all police as racists and apologized to his fellow cops for the verbal abuse and smears being unjustly heaped on them. In a six-paragraph email, Sergeant Mattingly wrote:
“I’m sorry your families have to go through this.
You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position. The position that allows thugs to get in your face and yell, curse and degrade you. Throw bricks, bottles and urine on you and expect you to do nothing. It goes against EVERYTHING we were all taught in the academy.
The position that if you make a mistake during one of the most stressful times in your career, the department and FBI (who aren’t cops and would p*ss their pants if they had to hold the line) go after you for civil rights violations.
Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.”
Mattingly said it’s unfair that police are being demonized by Black Lives Matter, the Left, and the media when most cops are good people who merely want to enforce public safety.
“We all signed up to be police officers. We knew the risks and were willing to take them, but we always assumed the city had your back.
We wanted to do the right thing in the midst of an evil world to protect those who cannot protect themselves. To enforce laws that make it possible to live in a peaceful society. We as police DO NOT CARE if you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, what you identify as…this week.”
I’m still proud to be a cop. To be an LMPD cop. With that being said, these next few days are going to be tough. They are going to be long, they are going to be frustrating. They will put a tremendous amount of stress on your families.
Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized.
I wish I were there with you leading the charge. I’ll be praying for your safety. Remember you are just a pawn in the Mayors political game.
I’m proof they do not care about you or your family, and you are replaceable. Stay safe and do the right thing. YOU ARE LOVED AND SUPPORTED by most of the community. Now go be the Warriors you are, but please be safe! None of these “peaceful” protesters are worth your career or freedom. Godspeed, boys and girls.”
Jonathan Mattingly sent his email at 2:09 on Sept. 22, one day after Louisville’s Police Chief declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury decision for the Breonna Taylor case.
Louisville is preparing for violent riots (like what happened in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s May 25 death) amid rumors that the grand jury is not expected to indict the police officers involved in Taylor’s case.
Louisville just declared a public state of emergency before an announcement about Breonna Taylor's case
If you have to declare a state of emergency in anticipation of an announcement—you're not actually dealing with peaceful protestors, you're dealing with violent extremists.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 21, 2020
We don't have to live like this https://t.co/j7zvwBCj9t
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 22, 2020
The officers were looking for a crack-cocaine dealer who allegedly lived in Taylor’s apartment complex. According to reports, the police mistook Taylor’s apartment for that of the drug dealer they were pursuing.
Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were in bed at around 1 a.m. when the cops banged on her door. When they got no response, the police reportedly used a battering ram to raid Taylor’s apartment.
Breonna’s boyfriend admitted that he shot at cops first. The police then returned fire, with Taylor being a casualty.
Brett Hankison, one of the three cops involved in the shooting death, has since been fired. But so far, none of the officers have been criminally charged because the police were returning fire after being shot at. Moreover, there’s no evidence so far to suggest that the cops shot Taylor due to racial animus.
Remember with these police shootings, nearly everything you hear from activists will be misleading or outright false. This is true of the Breonna Taylor case. Officers did knock, they did announce themselves. Taylor was shot when her boyfriend opened fire and officers shot back.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 22, 2020
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