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THE TRUTH EMERGES IN LOUISVILLE

rioting-truth-haters[Note:  TTP has appended to Andrea’s article the letters of Louisville Police Sergeant Jon Mattingly and his wife]

The truth has finally emerged about Breonna Taylor’s death this past March. It turns out (surprise!) that the Democrat party – in Congress, in the media, and on the streets – has been lying.

Taylor was not a complete innocent whom racist police slaughtered in her bed during a no-knock raid. Instead, she was the victim of her poor choices in men: Her friendship with a local drug kingpin justified the raid and her boyfriend’s decision to open fire on police who had knocked and identified themselves led to her shooting.

That certainly doesn’t mean she deserved to die, but it explains why she did (more – and very interesting explanation below).

The case begins with Breonna’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. The Louisville Courier-Journal delved deeply into that relationship, while the following is a summary

Glover is an accused drug trafficker who is believed to be part of a large drug and weapons trafficking ring in Louisville. According to an affidavit, Glover went to Taylor’s apartment in January, left the apartment holding a package, and went straight to a “known drug house.”

That wasn’t Glover’s only trip to Breonna’s apartment. Police had placed a tracking device on Glover’s car, which showed he made frequent trips to her apartment, leading police to believe her apartment was a holding place for drugs and money. Glover was also heard telling someone that Taylor handled his money, although there is no evidence that this statement was true.

Taylor also seemed familiar with Glover’s world of drugs. When he was arrested in January, he called to ask her to locate an associate who could post bail. She answered that the associate was “already at the trap,” slang for a drug trafficking house.

On another occasion, Taylor posted a $2,500 bond for Darreal Forest,  another man whom police suspect was involved in the drug ring.

The Courier-Journal has still more evidence of the close connection between Glover and Taylor. That’s why the police got a warrant to search Taylor’s house.

Whether or not Taylor was involved in the drug and weapons ring, she ran with a bad crowd. She would have done well to heed Aesop’s advice 2,600 years ago, who warned, “If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.”

Taylor didn’t choose any more wisely when it came to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. He was the reason the police shot Breonna.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron held a press conference on Wednesday (9/23), explaining all of the grand jury’s findings. The most important one was that the police did not do a no-knock raid. That, of course, was what everyone was told to justify why Breonna’s boyfriend, Walker, shot at the police when they entered the apartment:

“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment. The officer’s statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in a proximity to apartment four. In other words, the warrant was not served as a no-knock warrant.”

When Walker and Taylor did not answer the door, the officers broke the door. Sergeant Mattingly entered, saw Walker with a gun pointed at him, and felt himself get shot. It happened that quickly. Walker confirmed that he fired the first shot, and ballistics shows his bullet wounded Mattingly.

At that point, all of the officers opened fire. As a reminder, they did it because one of their own had taken a bullet, and they all knew that they were in a kill or be killed situation. Moreover, the barrage of bullets they fired (32 bullets) was appropriate.

The magical single shot that takes out the bad guy in Hollywood movies doesn’t exist. Once you start shooting, you must shoot to end the threat completely.

Concerning the fatal shots, Cameron debunks another lie. The media claimed Breonna was in bed, implying a passive figure whom the police massacred. In fact, Taylor was standing at Walker’s side, and she knew or should have known that Walker was armed. From the police report:

“Sergeant Mattingly identified two individuals standing beside one another at the end of the hall, a male and a female. In his statement, he says that the male was holding a gun, arms extended in a shooting stance.”

Six of the police bullets fired back when Walker shot Mattingly struck Breonna. It’s telling that none hit Walker.

Sundance at Conservative Tree House has an explanation why: that Walker used Breonna as a shield – that’s why six bullets aimed for him hit and killed her instead.  It is Walker, therefore, who should be tried for murder.

Both Cameron and the grand jury showed real bravery in refusing to indict police officers who did everything by the book, only to find themselves under fire.

Although she did not deserve to die, the fact is that Breonna made terrible choices when it came to the men her life. These choices started a chain reaction that ended with her dying almost instantly from one of the six bullets that hit her.


 

Andrea Widburg is deputy editor of American Thinker.

 

Addendum:

LMPD (Louisville Metro Police Department) Sgt. Jon Mattingly Letter to All LMPD officers (9/22):

“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. I’m sorry the Mayor (Greg Fischer), Amy Hess (Chief of Public Safety) and (LMPD) Chief (Steve) Conrad failed all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.

You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position. 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.

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. 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. We aren’t better than anyone. This is not an us against society, but it is good versus evil. We are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, dads and moms. We are human beings with flaws, feelings and emotions.

Now I’m just rambling, but I want you to know that I’m still proud to be a cop. To be an LMPD cop. No matter the ineptitude in upper command or the mayor’s office, this is one of the greatest jobs on earth.

With that being said these next few days are going to be tough. They are going to bel ong, they are going to be frustrating. They will put a tremendous amount of stress on your families. Do not let your ego get you in a trick bag. Have your partner’s 6.

De-escalate if possible. DO NOT give the pencil pushers at the top, you know the ones who are too scared to hold the line, a reason to open investigations on you. The same ones that couldn’t make decisions to save their lives. We need leaders that lead from the front and not in a room under a desk.

Do what you need to do to go home to your family. Just do it with dignity and make sure you can justify your actions because everything down there is recorded.

I don’t know a lot of you guys/gals but I’ve felt the love. Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday (9/23), 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. Put that aside for a while, keep your focus and do your jobs that you are trained and capable of doing. Don’t put up with their ****, and go home to those lovely families and relationships.

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 Mayor’s 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. God speed boys and girls.”

 

Letter posted on Facebook by Sgt. Mattingly’s wife (9/22):

“I have spent 193 days staying quiet about the Breonna Taylor Case. First, let me say as a mother, I empathize with the pain her mother feels for losing a child. Her death is tragic, and that is something a mother should never have to go through.

My husband was not scheduled to work on the night of March 13th, but volunteered to assist his fellow officers in time of need as he often did. I will save all the other details of that night for the AG’s office to announce his decision.

My husband was shot in the leg. It cut his femoral artery. If someone had not had a tourniquet, he would have bled out. This wasn’t just a scrape that he encountered. He was in emergency surgery for 5 hours to repair and replace the femoral artery. He also received blood transfusions while in surgery due to the large amount of blood lost. This was not a simple “non-life threatening” injury that some are making it out to be.

It has been 114 days since we received a phone call at 11 at night, asking us to pack up our belongings as quickly as possible and leave our home due to corroborated credible threats received and vetted by the FBI that there were active hits on our family. We have been in hiding ever since.

Try explaining that to your young child without traumatizing him. Since all of this happened, he has experienced night terrors and so much anxiety that he becomes physically sick. Our adult children have been traumatized and displaced as well. The guilt of moving your in-laws, who are in their 70s, out of their house for their safety is overwhelming.

Our lives will never be the same and all because my husband was shot first while doing his job.

As we have been waiting for the Attorney General’s announcement, my fear as a wife has been unbearable. I had to sit down and have a game plan as to what I would tell my son if his father were arrested because he was simply defending his life and doing a job he was trained to do.

Late last night my husband wrote a private letter to his brothers and sisters in blue because he knew they were worn down and exhausted from the months of badgering, protests and rioting. He wanted to help give them strength and encouragement for the days ahead.

That is one thing about my husband, he always puts others ahead of himself and his heart is always in the right place. If you look at his police record it is impeccable. He has cared about this city and loved this city since he was a kid. He had always wanted to be a police officer so he could help people who could not protect themselves.

If you read his full email that I will post below, you would see that there was nothing in it that was meant as ill will but rather support and love for the officers.

Let’s talk about the statement referring to the thugs. Thug by definition is someone that is a violent, lawless criminal ie: causes property damage, looting, setting buildings on fire and assaulting people and police. The color of a person does not define a thug… behavior does.

Some of these social justice groups who protest have said over and over again that they do not condone violence, and these groups are not considered thugs. My husband was referring to the radical groups that have taken it upon themselves to be violent. To destroy others’ properties and businesses to get a point across is not getting your point across. It is THUGGERY.

These criminal acts do nothing to promote unity within our communities. I stand by everything in my husband’s email. We have been silent for way too long. Everyone keeps screaming about the right to have Freedom of Speech, so that is exactly what I am doing.

There are no double standards here. If you can say your peace, so can I and so can my husband, who has not been able to defend himself once.
–  Sgt. Mattingly’s Wife