Saturday, May 8, 2021

Officer in Breonna Taylor Shooting Threatens to Sue for Being Called a ‘Murderer’

Cops who murdered Breonna Taylor
Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison (photo via Twitter.com)

*One of the Louisville officer’s involved with the death of Breonna Taylor intends to file civil lawsuits against those calling him a “murderer” for his role in the fatal shooting of the 26-year-old.

Attorney Todd McMurtry posted video on Twitter last week that appeared to show Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly being driven away after he was shot during the March 13 incident at Taylor’s apartment. 

In the tweet, McMurtry says: “They called him a ‘murderer,’ when all he did was defend himself.”

In an email to The Courier Journal on Friday, McMurtry said statements that the officer is a murderer “are defamatory and actionable.”

Mattingly intends to file civil lawsuits related to those statements. 

Taylor, 26, was shot eight times by police when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13.  

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Three undercover officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, conducted an improper raid when they burst into Taylor’s home and fired off at least 22 shots.

Taylor was hit several times and died. One officer was subsequently fired, the other two remain on the police force. 

Mattingly claims he and Cosgrove acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at them.

Walker said he didn’t know he was firing at police. 

Last week, Mattingly sent a mass email to his department in which he defended his actions and slammed Mayor Greg Fischer, Public Safety Chief Amy Hess, and former Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad.

The message, addressed to his “LMPD family,” begins “I’m here to tell you I’m sorry you have to go through this…. I’m sorry for the Mayor, Amy Hess, and Chief Conrad failed us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.”

He goes on to call protesters over the police killing of Taylor “thugs.”

“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 … Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy,” he wrote. 

Mattingly now intends to file civil lawsuits against those who have called him a “murderer,” according to his newly hired attorney.

Last week, only one officer involved in the shooting (former Detective Hankison) was incited on three wanton endangerment charges. The charges do not relate to Taylor, but rather for shooting into her white neighbor’s apartment where three people were inside at the time of the botched police raid. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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