The Louisville police officer who aroused at Breonna Taylor after being killed during the deadly attack on Breonna’s home is writing a book yet a publishing giant related to the project states it will not issue it once it’s done. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly announced Thursday that he was already writing a book on his version of stories. The book, entitled “The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy” is all ready to be written by Tennessee-based Post Hill Press, which has a deal with Simon and Schuster.
The publishing house stated it is however moving forward with Mattingly’s book despite the foiled message and following backlash.
“His story is great and it deserves to be heard by the public at massive,” Kelsey Merritt reported to The Washington Post in an email on Friday. “We firmly feel that an open dialogue is necessary to shine a light on this challenging issue our country is facing right now.”
The Tennessee-based publishing house has organized the launch of several books from conservatives, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino, and far-right activist Laura Loomer.
Before the announcement from Simon & Schuster, an online appeal went viral demanding that the large bookseller must not distribute it. The initiative called the book a “brazen attempt to restore” Mattingly’s image and has about 38,000 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
In October, Mattingly filed a countersuit against Walker alleging he had “inflicted battery, assault, and emotional pain” by shooting him. Walker had previously filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Police Department for allegedly violating his constitutional rights.
Mattingly, who is still on the Louisville police force, is the only officer involved in Taylor’s death that has been expressed publicly. “I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night,” Mattingly wrote in an email to other officers that went public. “It is pathetic that how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are sanctified.”