LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is the only officer involved in the no-knock raid that killed Breonna Taylor still employed by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), but he plans on retiring soon.
What You Need To Know
- LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly plans to retire soon
- His tentative retirement date is set for June 1
- Mattingly is the only officer involved in the Breonna Taylor raid still employed by LMPD
- His book, "The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy," is scheduled for release this fall
Officer Beth Ruoff confirmed in an email that Mattingly's planned retirement is set for June 1, but she added that the date is preliminary.
Mattingly sent out a statement about his retirement. He wrote, "Serving as a police officer for the past 21 years has been one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life. Having this opportunity in the city I grew up in and love has made that choice an even greater honor. I’ve never taken lightly the responsibility that comes along with serving the great citizens of Louisville. It’s my hope and prayer, that moving forward, our city can heal and unite. My plan was not to move on from this calling, but in the best interest of my family, the time has come. The current DOJ investigation into the department played no role in this decision. I have great faith in the men and women of LMPD, who selflessly give of themselves, to continue to serve this community in a professional and unbiased manner."
Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, two other officers involved in the deadly raid, were fired last year. Joshua Jaynes, a detective accused of lying on the search warrant that justified the no-knock raid, was also fired. While Hankison faces charges for allegedly blindly firing his weapon into neighboring apartments during the raid, no officers have been charged directly in connection to Taylor's death.
Mattingly has a book scheduled to release this fall about the Breonna Taylor case. "The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy" received backlash online when it was revealed, leading to distributor Simon & Schuster announcing they wouldn't be involved with the book. However, the book's distributor Post Hill Press said it would still release the book.
LMPD executed a no-knock warrant at Breonna Taylor's apartment on March 13, 2020. They used a battering ram to knock down the door, and Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired shots because he said he did not hear officers announce themselves. Mattingly was shot in the leg by Walker. Charges were brought up and quickly dismissed against Walker.