Officer Involved In Breonna Taylor Shooting Gives First Interview—“It’s Not A Race Thing…We Were Doing Our Job”

Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting, who was also shot, recently sat down for an exclusive interview. Mattingly told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan that he felt “mostly frustration” as he watched months of protests across the country in reaction to Breonna Taylor’s death.

“There was so much misinformation out, all these false narratives,” Jonathan Mattingly said, explaining the public backlash surrounding him firing his weapon six times the night Breonna Taylor died from multiple gunshot wounds back in March.

Mattingly continued, adding “This is not relatable to George Floyd. It’s nothing like it. This is not Ahmaud Arbery, it’s nothing like it. It’s not a race thing, like people wanna try to make it to be. … This is the point where we’re doing our job, we return fire. This is not us hunting somebody down, not kneeling on a neck. This is nothing like that.”

Mattingly says Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, shot him in the leg when police barged into the apartment. An FBI ballistics report confirmed Mattingly was shot by Walker.

Walker, a licensed gun owner, told investigators he fired because he didn’t know who entered the residence. Walker initially was charged with attempted murder of a police officer following the incident, but those charges have since been dropped.

In September, a Jefferson County grand jury didn’t indict Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove or Brett Hankison for their roles in the death of Breonna Taylor.

 

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