Simon & Schuster put out a statement late Thursday clarifying it won’t be involved in the distribution of a book by one of the Louisville, Ky., police officers connected to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor during a botched raid.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, 48, is in the process of writing the book, titled: “The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.” The book will be edited and published this fall by the Tennessee-based Post Hill Press was to be distributed by Simon & Schuster., the publisher told Fox News Thursday.
“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,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement. “We have subsequently decided not to be involved in the distribution of this book.”
The Post Hill Press has not commented. A release date for the book has not been confirmed.
Books published by the Post Hill Press focus on pop culture, business, self-help and Christian issues and conservative politics, according to its website.
Mattingly was one of several Louisville officers who executed a “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020 in connection with a series of drug raids. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, shot at the officers with his legally-owned firearm and struck Mattingly.
He said they did not announce themselves and was subsequently charged. The charges were later dropped.
The officers fired back and Taylor was struck multiple times. She later died.
Two officers – Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankinson – were fired from the police force. Hankison was the only officer charged – three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment due to shots fired into a neighboring unit – in connection with the raid.
Mattingly is still with the department.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
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