(Tea Party PAC) – Wounded police sergeant Jonathan Mattingly recently penned an email where he defended himself and his fellow officers who were involved in the March 2020 shooting death of Breonna Taylor, stating they didn’t do anything wrong when they returned fire on Taylor’s boyfriend who alleged shot at them first.
The Breonna Taylor case is one of several major incidents this year that has caused much civil and racial unrest in the streets of America. Black Lives Matter groups have rioted, looted, and burned down businesses in a fit of rage over this case — supposedly, though to be honest, it seems more political motivations are at the core of this behavior rather than a hatred of injustice — and it doesn’t seem this email is going to quiet things down any.
Here’s what Mattinglly had to say, via BizPacReview:
“Regardless of the outcome, I know we did the legal, moral, and ethical thing that night,” Mattingly said in an email to 1,000 of his Louisville Police Department colleagues. “It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized.”
Mattingly was shot and injured when he and three other officers entered Taylor’s apartment while searching for an alleged crack-cocaine dealer who lived in Taylor’s apartment complex.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said they “knocked on the door several times,” but Taylor’s family claims in a lawsuit that they didn’t knock.
Mattingly accused the media of defaming him and all police as racists and apologized to his fellow cops for the verbal abuse and smears being unjustly heaped on them. In a six-paragraph email, Sergeant Mattingly wrote:
“I’m sorry your families have to go through this.
You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position. 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. It goes against EVERYTHING we were all taught in the academy.
The position that if you make a mistake during one of the most stressful times in your career, the department and FBI (who aren’t cops and would p*ss their pants if they had to hold the line) go after you for civil rights violations.
Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.”
Mattingly went on to say in the email that he believes it’s unfair for law enforcement to be demonized by BLM and other leftist groups, along with the mainstream media, when a vast majority of police officers are good people who just want to help serve and protect their communities.
“We all signed up to be police officers. We knew the risks and were willing to take them, but we always assumed the city had your back.
We wanted to do the right thing in the midst of an evil world to protect those who cannot protect themselves. To enforce laws that make it possible to live in a peaceful society. We as police DO NOT CARE if you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, what you identify as…this week.”
I’m still proud to be a cop. To be an LMPD cop. With that being said, these next few days are going to be tough. They are going to be long, they are going to be frustrating. They will put a tremendous amount of stress on your families.
Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized.
I wish I were there with you leading the charge. I’ll be praying for your safety. Remember you are just a pawn in the Mayors political game.
I’m proof they do not care about you or your family, and you are replaceable. Stay safe and do the right thing. YOU ARE LOVED AND SUPPORTED by most of the community. Now go be the Warriors you are, but please be safe! None of these “peaceful” protesters are worth your career or freedom. Godspeed, boys and girls.”
Jonathan Mattingly sent his email at 2:09 on Sept. 22, one day after Louisville’s Police Chief declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury decision for the Breonna Taylor case.
Regardless of where you stand on this particular incident, something that we all need to acknowledge, accept, and work to end is the hatred and false narratives against police officers that are the product of the mainstream media that functions more like a propaganda machine than a voice of reason and truth.
Not all police officers are bad. The vast majority of interactions between people of color and law enforcement officers go off without a hitch. News outlets have taken advantage of incidents like the one involving Breonna Taylor to push a specific agenda and to stir up strife and unrest.
So far, it seems they are succeeding. Let’s hope that doesn’t continue.
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