Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly’s book, “The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,” was due for publication by Post Hill Press, senior reporter Devon Brown confirmed to the Louisville Courier Journal earlier Thursday.
Simon & Schuster said it did not learn of the book’s publication until Thursday from its “distribution client” Post Hill Press. “We subsequently decided not to participate in the distribution of this book,” the publishing company said in a statement.
Mattingly’s attorney declined to comment on the case and Post Hill Press has yet to return CNN’s request for comment.
Taylor, an aspiring paramedic and nurse, was killed in her own home on March 13, 2020, when three Louisville police officers executing a not guilty warrant returned shots after her boyfriend fired a shot warning because he thought he was shooting intruders. .
Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove and then-officer Brett Hankison used a ram to force open the door to the 26-year-old’s apartment. Mattingly told investigators he entered the apartment and felt the heat of a bullet in his leg. The bullet, fired by Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker III, severed her femoral artery. He and the other two agents retaliated.
Last October, Mattingly sued Walker for assault, assault and emotional distress. He claimed he was entitled to damages for medical treatment, trauma and the pain he suffered after being shot by Walker, who was with Taylor, at the time she was shot by police.
At the time, Mattingly’s lawyer Kent Wicker said his client was “shot and almost killed” by Walker. “He has the right and should use legal process to seek redress for the injury Walker caused him,” Wicker said in a statement.
The lawsuit came after Walker filed a $ 10.5 million lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Louisville / Jefferson County Metro government and members of the Louisville Metro Police Department, asking for damages- interest for false arrest, malicious prosecution and assault, among other claims.
Only one of the three officers, Hankison, has been charged with three counts of gratuitous first degree endangerment in connection with Taylor’s death. He was not accused of causing her death, but of shooting “indiscriminately” at his apartment. He had pleaded not guilty.
Taylor’s death fueled months of protests against racial injustice and police brutality, as well as the deaths of other black people at the hands of police, such as George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.