He Got A Book Deal After Shooting An Unarmed Woman

Breonna Taylor Memorial in Louisville, Kentucky
Zain Murdock
April 26, 2021

Jonathan Mattingly fatally shot into Breonna Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020. The world grieved after hearing Taylor’s story, and the brutality of her death. 

So when people found out Mattingly was publishing “The Fight for the Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy," all Hell broke loose.

Mattingly says he doesn’t regret shooting Taylor, and went even further: “I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night … It’s sad how the good guys are demonized.” Good guys? Does the world need to hear “his side” of the story?

The publisher, Simon and Schuster, actually said they’re refusing to sell his book! Allegedly, they found out their distribution client was working with Mattingly when we did. This decision has raised a question, though.

Since they’re refusing to publish Mattingly’s book, people have wondered how easy it would be to simply do the same for any other book that capitalizes on Black death. Why not? It’s the least they could do.

Breonna Taylor is dead – it's too late for her to get justice. But what we can do is dismantle this system that not only murdered her but wants to profit off of her death. Something like this cannot happen again – not just the book deal, but the murders that make these book deals possible.

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