Publishing giant Simon & Schuster is refusing to distribute a book written by the police officer who fired at Breonna Taylor after being shot by her boyfriend.
The story: Louisville Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly is writing a book titled “The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.” The book will be edited and published by Post Hill Press. The Tennessee-based publishing house says on its website that it publishes “Christian and conservative political books,” in addition to other topics and that Simon & Schuster distributes its books.
The company’s involvement in distributing the book sparked criticism online.
Simon & Schuster initially said that the company has no editorial control over the titles it distributes under deals with smaller publishers. Eventually, amid increasing backlash and petitions to cancel the deal, Simon & Schuster issued a second statement, announcing it will no deliver Mattingly’s book.
“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 be involved in the distribution of this book,” the publisher said in the statement.
Post Hill Press said it supports the officer’s freedom of speech.
“In the case of Sgt Mattingly, the mainstream media narrative has been entirely one-sided related to this story and we feel that he deserves to have his account of the tragic events heard publicly, as well,” spokeswoman Kelsey Merritt told the New York Times. “Post Hill Press is standing behind our decision to publish his story.”
How we got here: Mattingly is one of the Louisville police officers who opened fire at Breonna Taylor’s apartment and fatally injured her. The officers entered her home as part of an investigation into drug dealing operations with a “no-knock” warrant, although, they claimed they knocked first.
Mattingly is believed to have fired at least one of the six shots that hit Taylor, but not the bullet that killed her, according to an FBI ballistics report. He was also injured when Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired a shot. Walker claimed he thought that an intruder was breaking into the apartment.
When Walker sued Mattingly, Mattingly filed a countersuit for assault and battery, claiming Walker caused him “severe trauma, mental anguish and emotional distress.” Mattingly was cleared by a grand jury for his involvement in Taylor’s death.
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