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Public outcry across the US, including riots in Louisville, followed the jury’s decision to charge just Mattingly’s colleague Brett Hankison with “wanton endangerment” for shooting into a neighbor’s apartment, with many believing all three cops should have been charged with her murder. A total of 32 shots were fired into Taylor’s apartment, six of which hit Taylor who died in the hallway of her building.
Mattingly acknowledged “she didn’t deserve to die,” noting “she didn’t do anything to deserve a death sentence,” but insisted it was not the police who were to blame. He complained he and his family regularly receive death threats and lamented that after 20 years of service to the Louisville Police Department, they have not stood by him.
Taylor has since become a symbol of police misconduct for the Black Lives Matter movement, her name often chanted along with the likes of Floyd, Arbery, New York police choking victim Eric Garner, and Baltimore police “rough ride” victim Freddie Gray.
That movement was not pleased to see Mattingly trotted out on GMA as if he was the real victim of the shooting.
"'Breonna Taylor is now attached to me for the rest of my life,' says man who murdered Breonna Taylor"
— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) October 21, 2020
I Don’t Understand Why #ABCNews is Giving the Killer Cop Jonathan Mattingly a Platform on How he Killed #BreonnaTaylor and Still hasn’t been held Accountable on Violated his Duty as First Responder Period. #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #GMA
— Koree4Real🗣✊🏾💰📸✈️ (@superstarboss1) October 21, 2020
Many on social media were baffled that he was being “given a platform” at all.
Breonna Taylor was a victim not you, Jonathan Mattingly. That interview was disgusting.
— DeArbea (@why_drb) October 21, 2020
The smugness of Officer Jonathan Mattingly on @GMA talking about why cops "were justified in killing Breonna Taylor" is appalling. The fact that he'll face no punishment at all for his part in taking Breonna's life is wrong and unjust. #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor
— Michael A. Jones (@michaelajones) October 21, 2020
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