A Louisville police officer wounded during the Breonna Taylor fatal shooting emailed more than 1,000 of his colleagues Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Greg Fischer and others while defending his actions that March night.
In the six-paragraph email, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly apologized to his fellow officers and their families and blamed the mayor as well as Public Safety Chief Amy Hess and former Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad for failing “all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.”
“You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position,” he wrote. “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.”
The email was first reported on Twitter by Vice News correspondent Roberto Aram Ferdman. Kent Wicker, an attorney for Mattingly, confirmed to The Courier Journal that his client sent the email.
“Sgt. Mattingly sent an email to his colleagues last evening expressing his support for them and their work in these difficult times,” Wicker said. “As you know, he was shot and severely wounded during the serving of this search warrant. Like our entire community, he is hopeful this process moves forward quickly and that his fellow officers and the people of Louisville remain safe.”
New: LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (who is being investigated as part of Breonna Taylor’s case) sent an email to around 1,000 officers at 2am that calls protestors thugs, complains about the government enforcing civil rights violations, and claims this is "good versus evil” pic.twitter.com/VcuyPDP790
— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) September 22, 2020
An LMPD spokesman said the department did not release the email but is aware of it “and the matter is under review.”
Sam Aguiar, one of the attorneys for Taylor’s family, called the email another example of the problems within the city’s police department.
“An unarmed Black woman whose home never should’ve been raided was shot (five) times and died at the hands of Mattingly and his colleagues,” Aguiar said.
“Mattingly gets to go home to his family every day. Then they covered it up. So, respectfully, Mattingly’s definition of ‘moral’ and ‘ethical’ actions are insulting to anyone with common decency. His characterization of protesters as ‘thugs’ is reprehensible. This department has instilled a culture which needs to be changed.”
Mattingly is one of three officers, along with detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison, who fired their weapons while serving a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the early hours of March 13.
Taylor was killed by police during the raid that went awry, while Mattingly, a 20-year veteran of the force, was shot in the thigh and required surgery.
Taylor’s death has sparked widespread outrage and daily protests calling for racial justice and for the officers involved in her killing to face criminal charges.
While Mattingly and Cosgrove remain on administrative leave, Hankison was fired in June. He is contesting the decision.
The case, meanwhile, is the subject of a criminal investigation by Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office, a civil rights investigation by the FBI and an internal LMPD investigation.
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