Early Tuesday morning, one of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor sent an email to 1,0000 fellow officers. In the email, he referred to protesters as “thugs” and blamed politicians for “covering their a—ses.”
The email was sent out by Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly with a subject line was “LMPD Family.” Mattingly is one of three officers, along with detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison, involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March.
The email Mattingly sent read:
“I’m not here to tell you that you signed up to help this community and to keep your head up,” the wounded sergeant wrote. “I’m here to tell you I’m sorry you have to go through this. I’m sorry the Mayor, Amy Hess and Chief Conrad failed all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their a–es.”
“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. The position that if you make a mistake during one of the most stressful times of 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,” Sgt. Mattingly wrote. “We knew the risks and we were willing to take them, but we always assumed the city had your back. We wanted To [sic] 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,” the letter continued.
“Now I’m just rambling, but I wanted you to know that I’m still proud to be a cop,” Sgt. Mattingly wrote. “To be an LMPD cop. No matter the ineptitude in upper command or the mayors office, this one of the greatest jobs on earth. 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.”
“Do not let your ego get you in a trick bag,” he warned. “Have your partners 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,” the sergeant continued. “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, 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 s–t, and go home to those lovely families and relationships,” he wrote.
“I wish I were there with you leading the charge,” Sgt. Mattingly wrote. “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.”
He signed off his email by telling officers to stay safe and do the right thing as they face off with so-called “peaceful protesters” in the coming days.