Louisville Police Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting of Breonna Taylor Says Tragedy Was ‘Not a Race Thing’

Emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by police in her home in March. Her name has become a rallying cry in protests against police brutality and social injustice.
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One of the Louisville police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor seven months ago said while her death was tragic, it is different than other high-profile killings of Black Americans this year.

“It’s not a race thing like people try to make it to be,” said Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the three officers who discharged their service weapons during the botched narcotics raid at Taylor’s home in the early hours of March 13.

“This is not relatable to George Floyd, this is nothing like it. It’s not Ahmaud Arbery. It’s nothing like it,” Mattingly said in his first public comments since the incident in an interview with ABC News and Louisville’s Courier Journal.

“These are two totally different type incidences. This is not us going, hunting somebody down, this is not kneeling on a neck. This is nothing like that,” he said.

Taylor’s killing, along with that of Floyd, Arbery and others, sparked national protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

Three white men have been charged in the death of Arbery, a Black man who was shot and killed in February while he was jogging through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga.

Floyd was killed during an encounter with Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. The four officers involved in that incident were fired, and all of them face charges.

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SOURCE: NPR, Brakkton Booker