Police Sergeant Wounded In Breonna Taylor Incident Writes Letter To Fellow Officers: ‘We Did The Legal, Moral, Ethical Thing That Night’

When law enforcement officers visited Breonna Taylor’s residence in March 2020, her boyfriend fired one shot into the officers after they allegedly kicked in the front door.

That bullet struck Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and the law enforcement officers accompanying him responded by accidentally, and fatally, shooting Taylor.

Months later, the officers are still facing an investigation into their actions and will ultimately hear from a judge as to whether they violated protocol during the incident.

Ahead of the major court decision, BizPac Review reports the wounded reached out to his fellow officers in a letter where he encouraged them for doing “the legal, moral, ethical thing that night.”

“LMPD Family,” Mattingly addressed the letter, “I’m not here to give you a Rah Rah you got this speech. I’m not here to tell you that you signed up to help this community and to keep your head up. I’m here to tell you I’m sorry you have to go through this. I’m sorry your families have to go through this.”

“You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position,” the letter continued. “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.”

Mattingly said: “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 piss 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.”

“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,” he added.

The letter continues via the report:

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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.

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