Cop in Breonna Taylor Case Might File Suits of His Own

Attorney says Jonathan Mattingly has been unfairly called a 'murderer'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2020 2:02 PM CDT
Cop in Breonna Taylor Case Might File Suits of His Own
Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, right, listens to a news conference Friday in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Two notable developments Friday in the Breonna Taylor case, including one about an officer involved in her fatal shooting. Meanwhile, Taylor's family held a news conference. Coverage:

  • Officer: The Louisville Courier Journal reports that officer Jonathan Mattingly, who was wounded in that night's shooting, might file civil lawsuits against those calling him a "murderer." The revelation comes from attorney Todd McMurtry, who called such statements "defamatory and actionable."
  • Video: McMurtry tweeted a video showing Mattingly being placed on the back of a truck after being shot. "They called him a 'murderer,' when all he did was defend himself," McMurtry wrote. It's not clear how he obtained the clip because the Louisville police department has denied the release of video related to the case.

  • Her mother: At Friday's news conference, Taylor's family criticized state Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision not to prosecute the officers who shot Taylor. "I was reassured Wednesday of why I had no faith in the legal system, in the police, in the law," said a statement from Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer. It was read by Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, per the Washington Post. "The system as a whole has failed her."
  • A plea: Ben Crump, one of the attorneys for Taylor's family, demanded the release of the grand jury transcript, reports Fox News. "If you want us to accept the results, then release the transcript." Of Cameron, he said: "Did he present any evidence on Breonna Taylor’s behalf or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice to help try to exonerate and justify the killing of Breonna Taylor?"
  • Barkley backlash: NBA commenter Charles Barkley said this of the case Thursday night on TNT: "I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that," per the Hollywood Reporter. "I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was—the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of ... across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together." Both he and Shaquille O'Neal, who agreed with Barkley, were taking heat on social media from critics who say they were defending the officers involved.
(The lone officer charged in the case is accused of firing bullets that went into a neighboring apartment, not with killing Taylor.)

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