Breonna Taylor's story sparked outrage all across America, and now people are furious that one of the cops has written a book about his side of the story.
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Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly who shot and killed Breonna Taylor has done something unimaginable.
He plans to profit off her death...
Breonna Taylor would have been twenty-eight this year...
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But her life was savagely cut short on March 13th 2020 by 3 police officers who shot her 8 times in her own home.
Breonna was just like any one of us.
A happy and proud woman who worked as an emergency medical professional.
But there's one thing that made her stand out...
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She was a Black woman.
In America, being a Black woman means you only earn half the respect of your white female counterpart, and only a quarter when confronted with a white male.
In the most bittersweet form, she only received the love she deserved after her death.
A woman who put her life on the line every single day to help others in a profession that aids this country massively, could only receive the respect she deserved after she was brutally murdered.
Maybe the police officers would have thought twice about it if they could see her badge.
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But all they saw was Black. And that's all it took for them to fire more than twenty rounds, 8 of them hitting Breonna.
It all started in the early hours of March 13th, 2020.
That was the morning when 3 plain-clothed police officers broke into Breonna's home while she was asleep in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was asleep peacefully next to her.
But he was woken up by what he thought was a violent break-in.
via: Getty ImagesThe officers had allegedly received a tip-off that they were going to be involved in a drug raid, so executed a "no-knock" search warrant which involved breaking into their home.
Without announcing their arrival, Walker believed a home invasion was taking place.
And if things couldn't get any worse, Walker was later accused of attempted murder.
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However, the charges were dropped after further investigation conveyed negligence on behalf of the police officers.
The officers even claimed that they did announce their arrival.
But Breonna's family and a neighbor rejected those claims stating they were false as no shouts were heard until the door had been broken down and the shots were fired.
Then it was brushed under the carpet like an innocent woman wasn't killed in the crossfire.
via: Getty ImagesRather than opening an investigation into the fatal incident, the Louisville Police Department disregarded the case as nothing but a mistake, and none of the officers faced any sort of consequences for their reckless actions.
The only question to ask at this point was "why?"
Was Breonna Taylor's life that unworthy that she didn't deserve justice after she was killed. Her death was easily preventable but being Black in America means you don't get the same rights as white folk, no. And don't tell me this was just "one mistake."
This careless behavior has been happening for decades.
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You can't wear a hoodie while you're Black (Trayvon Martin). You can't jog while you're Black (Ahmaud Arbery). You can't fall asleep in a parking lot if you're Black (Rayshard Brooks). You can't be peacefully pulled over if you're Black (Sandra Bland). You can't play with a toy gun if you're Black (Tamir Rice). You can't even beg for your life while you're Black (George Floyd).
2 months after her death, Breonna's family filed a lawsuit.
On May 21st, over 2 months after Breonna had died, her family took action. Breonna's name started circulating all across social media in yet another #SayHerName campaign which helped them find the confidence to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The state also banned the "no-knock" warrant search.
via: Getty ImagesLouisville's city council voted unanimously, 26-0, in favor of banning the controversial law and re-named it in honor of Breonna. Her mother said it would "help save lives" the way her daughter intended to do as she was studying to be a qualified nurse.
Meanwhile, the police officers responsible for her death continued their daily lives.
Or maybe it's because they knew they would get away with it.
via: Getty ImagesBlack men and women are being targeted every single day, whether they "look suspicious" or whether they "posed a threat" or not. It's so deeply rooted in American history that it has become a callous tradition. And if you can't see it. It's because you choose not to.
We're now just over a year since Breonna was killed, and one of the cops has done something unimaginable...
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers responsible for Breonna Taylor's death, will write and publish a book.— Jellyfish Today (@JellyfishToday) April 16, 2021
The book, titled 'How To Get Away With Murder', will be distributed by Simon & Schuster. pic.twitter.com/SI3jq2srif
Mattingly has plans to write a book about the night of Taylor's death.
The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy was set to be distributed by Simon & Schuster, although plans were changed...
So it seems @PostHillPress his signed Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly - one of the LMPD officers who murdered #BreonnaTaylor. He's writing a book about the day he killed Breonna in her sleep. And they are publishing it. This is Anthony Ziccardi - president of #PostHillPress pic.twitter.com/WrTypsrRI9— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) April 15, 2021
It will now be published by Tennessee-based Post Hill Press later this year.
Post Hill Press deals with "pop culture, business, self-help, health, current events, Christian, and conservative political books" distributed by Simon & Schuster.
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. We have subsequently decided not to be involved in the distribution of this book. pic.twitter.com/GMmOBstWCH— S&S EducationLibrary (@SSEdLib) April 16, 2021
However, as per the MailOnline: "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. We have subsequently decided not to be involved in the distribution of this book."
The book has been criticized across social media, with Kentucky Democrat Rep. Attica Scott tweeting: "Stay focused, y'all. People love to profit off of Black pain and tragedy. It sells."
Stay focused, y’all. People love to profit off of Black pain and tragedy. It sells.https://t.co/cpa4nbjUNC— Attica Scott (@atticascott4ky) April 15, 2021
Others took aim at Simon & Schuster, with one user writing: "I'm glad Simon & Schuster is distancing from the disgusting Mattingly book but absolutely f*ck off with this 'we found out when you did.' You're a corporation in a professional relationship with a troll publisher. You didn't find this information out on Twitter."
In an earlier interview, Mattingly said:
I’m glad Simon & Schuster is distancing from the disgusting Mattingly book but absolutely fuck off with this “we found out when you did”. You’re a corporation in a professional relationship with a troll publisher. You didn’t find this information out on Twitter.— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) April 16, 2021
"This had nothing to do with race. Nothing at all… because this is not relatable to George Floyd. This is nothing like that. It's not Ahmaud Arbery. It's nothing like it. These are two totally different types of incidences. It's not a race thing like people wanna try to make it to be. It's not."
He added: "This is not us going, hunting somebody down. This is not kneeling on a neck. It's nothing like that."
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