Breonna Taylor case: Louisville police officer says shooting had ‘nothing to do with race


Breonna Taylor case: Louisville police officer says shooting had 'nothing to do with race

“It’s not Ahmaud Arbery. It’s nothing like it. These are two totally different types of incidences,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly and other officers broke down the door to Taylor’s apartment while executing a late-night warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13. Though the warrant allowed officers to enter her home without knocking, the officers knocked because they thought Taylor was home alone, authorities said.

Mattingly was shot during the raid, and officers opened fire, killing Taylor. Her death prompted demonstrations in Louisville for more than 100 days, as well as a national outcry that dovetailed with anger over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Taylor also became an important component of the #SayHerName movement demanding racial justice in the police killings of Black women. She’s also appeared on national magazine covers, such as Vanity Fair and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Floyd’s death during an arrest in May sparked protests nationwide and abroad against racism and police use of force after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Demonstrators chanted his final words, “I can’t breathe,” and decried the recent killings of Black people, including Arbery, who was shot to death in February in Brunswick, Georgia, while jogging.

Mattingly said protests and public anger surrounding the Taylor case could have been avoided if the Louisville mayor and police officials corrected misinformation sooner.

“It’s been excruciating,” Mattingly said. “When you have the truth right there in your hands and everything else is getting crammed around you, it’s frustrating.”

Killings by police, like the Breonna Taylor case, rarely end in trials or convictions

None of the officers at Taylor’s residence that night have been charged in Taylor’s death. A grand jury indicted one detective on three counts of wanton endangerment, and is accused of blindly firing gunshots that entered a neighboring apartment with three people inside. The detective has pleaded not guilty.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has faced criticism for not seeking stiffer charges in Taylor’s death. He has said he asked the grand jury for an indictment on charges he thought could be proved in court.

Convictions for police officers in such cases are rare. About 1,000 people are shot and killed by law enforcement nationwide each year. About eight officers a year have been arrested and charged with murder or manslaughter for killings in the US since 2005, according to Philip Stinson, a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Mattingly dismissed assertions by some that there was a racial motivation behind the actions of the three officers who fired their weapons during the raid at Taylor’s apartment.

“It’s not a race thing like people want to try to make it to be. It’s not. This is a point where we were doing our job. We gave too much time when we go in, I get shot, we returned fire,” Mattingly said in the interview.

“This is not us going, hunting somebody down. This is not kneeling on a neck. It’s nothing like that.” he added.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.


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