One of the cops involved in the raid that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor last year, is retiring from the force.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly’s retirement comes just days after the Department of Justice launched a probe into the Louisville Metro Police.
Mattingly’s retirement also comes two weeks after his potential book deal with Simon & Schuster fell through.
Mattingly, 48, was the only officer involved in the raid on Taylor’s home still on the force, but that will change once his retirement begins on June 1, according to WLKY.
The retiring cop released a statement on Wednesday announcing he was retiring ‘in the best interest of his family’ and insisting that the DOJ probe ‘played no role in this decision.’
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was involved in the deadly execution of a ‘no-knock’ warrant that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death, has announced that he is retiring from the police
Mattingly (left) was not charged in Taylor’s death, while Brett Hankison (right) was only charged with wanton endangerment. He has pleaded not guilty and will go to trial in 2022
‘Serving as a police officer for the past 21 years has been one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life. Having this opportunity in the city I grew up in and love has made that choice an even greater honor. I’ve never taken lightly the responsibility that comes along with serving the great citizens of Louisville,’ the statement reads.
Mattingly went on to admit that he wasn’t planning on retiring so soon, but is doing so for his family.
‘It’s my hope and prayer, that moving forward, our city can heal and unite. My plan was not to move on from this calling, but in the best interest of my family, the time has come,’ the statement continues.
He also touched upon the recently announced DOJ investigation.
‘The current DOJ investigation into the department played no role in this decision,’ the statements says.
Breonna Taylor, 26, was killed by police during the execution of a warrant on March 13, 2020
The DOJ investigation was announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday.
It will look at whether or not the Louisville police ‘engages in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force, including with respect to people involved in peaceful expressive activities.’
The investigation will also ‘determine whether LMPD engages in unconstitutional stops, searches and seizures, as well as whether the department unlawfully executes search warrants on private homes,’ which connects the investigation to Taylor’s death.
The Louisville mayor has said that he welcomes the investigation, while the Kentucky governor has promised cooperation.
Taylor was an EMT and aspiring nurse when she was killed. No officers have been directly charged in her death
‘This is absolutely wonderful news,’ Sam Aguiar, attorney for Taylor’s family, said to CNN about the probe. ‘We’ve known for a long time that our police department is plagued by issues that are continuously swept under the rug.’
The Department of Justice also announced an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department last week following the killing of George Floyd.
Mattingly was involved in the March 13, 2020 ‘no-knock’ raid that took the life of Taylor, an EMT and aspiring nurse. He was the only officer injured in the shooting.
He was shot in the leg by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III, who believed the officers were intruders to his home.
After the shot was fired, police fired 32 rounds into the home, killing Taylor. No drugs were found in her apartment.
Mattingly is set to write a book on the Breonna Taylor case, although he may be looking for a new distributor after Simon & Schuster pulled their support from the project
The FBI determined that Mattingly fired six of the shots during that barrage, but not the one that killed Taylor.
None of the officers were directly charged in connection to Taylor’s death, with only officer Brett Hankison charged for wanton endangerment after allegedly firing his weapon into an adjacent occupied apartment.
Hankison has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set to go to trial in 2022.
Hankison and Myles Cosgrove were fired from the force for their roles in the shooting.
Mattingly broke his silence about the case back on October, months after the shooting took place.
‘It’s not a race thing like people want to try to make it to be,’ Mattingly said in an exclusive interview with ABC News/The Courier Journal.
‘There was so much disinformation out. This is not relatable to George Floyd. This is nothing like it. This is not Ahmaud Arbery. It’s nothing like it,’ he said.
Mattingly also expressed frustration with the mayor and other officials during that interview.
‘It’s been excruciating. When you have the truth right there in your hands and everything else is getting crammed around you, it’s frustrating,’ he said.
Prior to that interview, Mattingly sent an email to other LMPD officers in September saying he and his colleagues did the ‘legal, moral and ethical thing that night.’
‘It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and the criminals are canonized,’ Mattingly wrote in the email.
Mattingly is writing a book about the case, titled ‘The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,’ which is set to be published later this year.
The book is set to be published by Post Hill Press and was initially set to be distributed by Simon & Schuster, but the latter has pulled their support.
‘Like much of the American public, earlier today Simon & Schuster learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly,’ the company said in a statement two weeks ago.
‘We have subsequently decided not to be involved in the distribution of this book.’
NPR reports that Post Hill Press is still planning on moving forward with plans to publish the book.
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