Breonna Taylor raid officer compares shooting to George Floyd's death: 'This is not kneeling on a neck'
Oct 21, 2020 1 min, 23 secs

One of the police officers in the raid on Breonna Taylor's home that resulted in her shooting death is speaking out publicly for the first time, saying the fatal incident was nothing like other recent deaths of Black people that have sparked protests across the nation.

Jonathan Mattingly said the March 13 fatal shooting of Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, was "not a race thing" and that he felt “mostly frustration” watching protests across the nation in response to her death.

This is nothing like that," Mattingly said, referring to the death of Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis in May after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

Mattingly then noted that the four officers in the Floyd incident were arrested and taken into custody afterward.

"In my opinion that was the right call, whether he died of an overdose or whatever," Mattingly said, referring to Floyd.

Mattingly also said in the interview that the outcome of the raid on Taylor's home would have been different and she would be alive if officers had entered the apartment without knocking.

If he and other officers in the raid had done that, Mattingly said, “Breonna Taylor would be alive, 100 percent.".

Mattingly said officers knocked repeatedly and announced themselves before entering, an account disputed by Kenneth Walker, who was home with Taylor at the time.

No officers were charged in connection to Taylor's shooting death.

Mattingly told "GMA" in the interview that he feels for Taylor's mother

He said he believes that he and the other officers involved in Taylor’s death acted appropriately, criticizing the Louisville mayor who appeared to side with critics of police in the incident


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