Breonna Taylor Is The Subject Of A New Augmented Reality Art Experience That You Can …

By |2021-11-29T16:26:30-05:00November 29th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Art Basel art fair in Miami is paying tribute to Louisville’s Breonna Taylor with an augmented reality experience that you can also participate in remotely. Digital curator Lady PheOnix worked with Taylor’s sister, Ju’Niyah Palmer to create the experience titled Breonna’s Garden.  The experience will be installed at Maurice A. Ferré Park (Museum Park) in Miami, Florida from Dec. 1 through the 6. You can also download an app to bring the experience to your home. Breonna’s Garden first premiered at the Tribeca Festival. The experience is revolutionary as a space that puts the digital in the physical and surrounds viewers with some of Breonna’s favorite things including flowers and butterflies, according to a news release.  The project started when Lady PheOnix connected with Palmer sensing that there was a needed safe space online where family and friends could mourn, and after some discussion, that there were entire communities that needed a place to process this grief.  “We created Breonna’s Garden to honor the life of Breonna Taylor with the intention that it be a peaceful refuge, unencumbered by the weight of the world,” said Lady PheOnix in a release.  Since the birth of the project, it has changed from a mechanism for healing for her family to one that gives that to the nation. From the release,  “It is a sanctuary where her name can be said without negation, and others can share their own stories of grief without fear of judgement. The technology allows people in the garden to record their own messages, which can be heard by the next visitors, effectively creating a chain of vulnerability and hope that helps to heal entire communities.  “Breonna died in a world of violence, but she will live on in peace surrounded by beautiful memories, butterflies, and her favorite things, ” said Lady PheOnix in the release.   The artists involved in its creation, “volunteered their time.”   In addition to the Breonna’s Garden experience, There will be a panel discussion on the 5th of December from 2-3 p.m. at the Pérez Art Museum also in Miami with Lady PheOnix, Alex Kipman (head of Microsoft HoloLens/ and developer of Xbox Kinect, Taylor’s partner Kenneth Walker and producer Joanna Popper (HP’s Global Head of Virtual Reality). The Players and the Partners: “Lady PheOnix – Executive Producer and Director Lady PheOnix is the leading voice for contemporary digital art and culture, providing an essential platform for the art and artists of our time. As a passionate producer of creative works at the intersection of art and technology, she is deeply interested in the relationship between humanity and virtual beings. She was selected to participate in the 2021 Athens Biennale for her work AIYA. Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, AIYA is not your typical virtual human. AIYA was designed to explore the concept of heightened humanity from a lens often ignored in popular culture. Lady PheOnix is the founder of the premier art and cryptomedia advisory, Universe Contemporary, and co-author of the forthcoming book, Freedom Dreams in the Open Metaverse. Sutu – Creative and Technical Director Sutu (aka Stuart Campbell) is an Eisner-nominated, Gold Ledger, and Webby Award-winning artist and director whose life is devoted to social impact and pioneering new kinds of digital experiences. Art and technology have been merged in his creative practice. Now a leading creator in digital interactive storytelling for mobile AR and VR. Sutu holds an Honorary Doctorate of Digital Media from Central Queensland University and is a Sundance and Tribeca Fellow. In 2016, he partnered with AR pioneer Lukasz Karluk to co-found the groundbreaking augmented reality studio and platform, EyeJack, supporting this project.”

Hundreds celebrate return of 'Light Up Louisville' amid chants of 'Breonna Taylor' – Yahoo News

By |2021-11-27T14:22:59-05:00November 27th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just a year ago, Jefferson Square Park was ground zero in a divided city's protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.Friday night, it was aglow in lights, with a rainbow of colors to celebrate Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah, representing the community's diversity.Children laughed and couples hugged and took selfies as Light Up Louisville returned from a one-year COVID-19 hiatus. Hundreds of people once again crammed Jefferson street to celebrate the winter holidays.The festivities were briefly interrupted by chants of "Breonna Taylor!" and "Shut it down!" as protesters sought to drown out the speakers.But lighting continued as planned, as did the celebration."The holidays are all about community and tradition, so we are thrilled to welcome back Light Up Louisville this year," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said this month."Light Up Louisville is one of our favorite events and has been bringing children and families together for decades to celebrate the season."This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Light Up Louisville returns for 2021 amid Breonna Taylor chants

Hundreds celebrate return of 'Light Up Louisville' amid chants of 'Breonna Taylor' – Courier-Journal

By |2021-11-27T11:25:04-05:00November 27th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just a year ago, Jefferson Square Park was ground zero in a divided city's protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.Friday night, it was aglow in lights, with a rainbow of colors to celebrate Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah, representing the community's diversity.Children laughed and couples hugged and took selfies as Light Up Louisville returned from a one-year COVID-19 hiatus. Hundreds of people once again crammed Jefferson street to celebrate the winter holidays.The festivities were briefly interrupted by chants of "Breonna Taylor!" and "Shut it down!" as protesters sought to drown out the speakers.But lighting continued as planned, as did the celebration."The holidays are all about community and tradition, so we are thrilled to welcome back Light Up Louisville this year," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said this month."Light Up Louisville is one of our favorite events and has been bringing children and families together for decades to celebrate the season."

Protesters chant 'Breonna Taylor' during Light Up Louisville

By |2021-11-27T11:15:55-05:00November 27th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Protesters chant 'Breonna Taylor' during Light Up LouisvilleNews Sports Life Opinion USA TODAY Obituaries E-Edition Legals Protesters chant "Breonna Taylor. Say her name!" during Friday's Light Up Louisville holiday event.Sarah Ladd Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier JournalWatch Next  © 2021 All rights reserved.

Breonna Taylor protesters reflect on a year of progress and pain in Louisville – WFPL

By |2021-11-23T07:40:09-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Breonna Taylor, David McAtee|

A year after protests over the death of Breonna Taylor, friends and family of 21-year-old activist Hamza Travis Nagdy gathered Sunday in a celebration of life. It was a cold, gray November afternoon outside the Unity of Louisville Church. A light rain fell as family and friends of Nagdy gathered to talk, smoke and greet people walking into a building beside the church in Smoketown.  Nagdy was shot and killed in an apparent carjacking last November. He was a prominent voice in last year’s protests for racial justice. So too were many of the people there: street organizers, faith leaders, attorneys, live streamers and community activists.  People like Rev. Stachelle Bussey, who helped organize this celebration for Nagdy. She now sits on the Louisville Metro Police Civilian Review Board. It’s one of a handful of clear changes that came about in response to last year’s protests.  “What this group of people did for this entire city was make us all wake up,” Bussey said. “We can never forget the work that the people marching in this city did. It made us open our eyes.” Reflecting back on the last year, Bussey reiterated the words of Louisville Metro Councilmember Jecorey Arthur of District 4: “Everybody in Louisville is responsible for Louisville.” Amber Brown Those words, as well as Arthur’s actions on Metro Council, have resonated with activists.  Many at the memorial see Arthur’s election to Metro Council in November of last year as one of the wins of their movement; he’s more socially progressive than most of council and outspoken on issues like homelessness and racial justice.  Another racial justice activist prominent in the months-long protests, Shameka Parrish-Wright, is running for mayor. That’s something protest organizer Amber Brown says she’s looking forward to.  “I’m very excited about next year and the possibility of getting our first Black woman mayor,” Brown said.  There are more incremental changes too: reforms banning no-knock warrants, revising investigations into police shootings, and use-of tear gas policies, among others. Notably, the U.S. The Department of Justice is now investigating LMPD for discriminatory policing.  But among activists, there’s still a sense of disappointment on policing reform. Metro recently approved the largest ever pay increase for LMPD leadership, and is still negotiating the contract for rank and field officers.   For many at Sunday’s memorial, the reforms, as well as the ongoing negotiations over police contracts, have not gone far enough.  “Until there is accountability, until there is transparency, until there’s a community that feels they are appropriately represented, by not just the police force, but the criminal justice system and the government, it’s not good enough,” said Jason Downey, a livestreamer from the protests.  Jason Downey Beyond institutional disappointments, the protests took a physical and emotional toll on everyone involved. The National Guard shot and killed David McAtee in a skirmish in the West End. Photographer Tyler Gerth was shot in Jefferson Square Park. Two police officers were also shot. Police tear gassed and pepper balled peaceful protesters and journalists. Police made more than 1,000 protest-related arrests, according to the Courier Journal. It’s not surprising activists are still processing their pain.  “Where I come from we are built for war, we are built for struggle, we are built for surviving,” said local musician Issa Fixit. “But the mental strain that it is when you feel like you are at war with the same people that are supposed to protect you, and you feel like your battle cries ain’t being heard, and you feel like it’s compromising your well-being as a human citizen.” Many of those at the memorial said they’ve endured personal sacrifice because of their activism. They’re fighting charges, they’ve lost their jobs, and their physical and mental health has suffered. Chris Wells is a street organizer who led countless protests and said he’s going to trial for blocking traffic, inciting a riot and disorderly conduct.  Chris Wells But all of them said it was worth it in the pursuit for racial justice. Wells said that’s what Nagdy believed too. “That’s why we keep going, and that’s the motto [of] the late great, Travis Nagdy, my little protégé,” he said.  Dozens came out to the memorial for Nagdy on Sunday. Brown, the activist excited about Parrish-Wright’s candidacy, said their activism has given rise to countless initiatives and organizations, inspiring people across the city. “We have done so many good things,” she said. “And this movement is not over. It’s not over at all. That’s the biggest takeaway, we’re not going anywhere.” Tuesday is the one year anniversary of Nagdy’s death. Activists are planning a vigil at Jefferson Square Park at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening. 

Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields seeks reform after Breonna Taylor's death – The …

By |2021-11-21T20:28:53-05:00November 21st, 2021|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post Louisville Metro Police Maj. Steven Healey of the city’s 2nd Division speaks with Louisville Defender newspaper publisher Clarence Leslie on Oct. 26. LOUISVILLE — In a city still wounded by the police killing of Breonna Taylor, another officer-involved shooting last month offered a test of policies aimed at restoring public trust.Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields learned of the late-night incident via emergency text. Under a new city policy, she confirmed the details — police responding to a domestic disturbance fatally shot a man who they said fired at them first — then handed over the investigation to the Kentucky State Police.A team of Justice Department investigators was in town, part of a sweeping probe of the police department prompted by Taylor’s death in March 2020 and the law enforcement response to more than 100 days of social justice demonstrations last year. By the next afternoon, federal investigators were on the phone with Louisville’s division commander asking questions about the officer-involved shooting — the eighth in the city this year, and the second that resulted in a fatality. “You can’t control the timing of these things — you just want as few of them as possible,” said Shields, 54, who was hired in January after four years as Atlanta’s police chief. “The problem is that with so much violence and guns on the streets, you just know there’s a likelihood of this kind of thing happening.” Twenty months after Taylor was killed, the dynamics in Louisville highlight the predicament of a first-year chief whose department has become a testing ground in the Biden administration’s effort to demonstrate that federal intervention can lead to sustainable improvements in policing.Like many parts of the country, the city is grappling with a spike in killings and a large number of officer vacancies, dampening support for a dramatic revamp of public safety. City leaders are weighing expensive reforms, even as the federal probe promises to stretch for months.At the same time, activists are clamoring for more accountability. Two officers were fired after the Taylor killing, and one agreed to retire. One officer was charged with “wanton endangerment,” but none were charged with firing the fatal shots. Area activists said the FBI continues to gather information about the shooting.“There has been no closure on Breonna Taylor,” said Sadiqa Reynolds, chief executive of the Louisville Urban League. “I don’t know if we’re doing reform right now in Louisville. If we are, we do not have the evidence of that yet.” [With Trump gone, advocates flood Justice Dept. with requests to investigate police] For Shields, the stakes are high and the clock is ticking. While police chiefs in some cities have taken an antagonistic posture toward Justice Department investigations, Shields has been welcoming. She says the intervention should complement her own reform efforts, even as probes in other cities have produced frustration and mixed results. On the day investigators arrived last month, Louisville officials unveiled a four-year, $35 million proposal to improve policing, including hiring more internal auditors, increasing officer training and establishing a police accountability bureau. Mayor Greg Fischer (D) said the funding will come from the federal stimulus.But there is no guarantee those efforts will satisfy federal authorities. The Justice Department’s final report, expected late next year, will probably result in a court-mandated consent decree, requiring more costly changes and years of federal oversight. And next fall, voters will potentially render judgment on the state of reforms when they elect a new mayor, with public safety certain to be a top issue.“They are clearly going to find patterns they find problematic and seek assurances that these are truly addressed,” Shields said of the Justice Department. “The reality of it is, when you’re in this space, you’ve lost the ability to leverage.”Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post Activist Nancy Cavalcante attends a Louisville Metro Council meeting on Oct. 25. Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post Healey and others listen to the national anthem during a dedication in memory of a local photographer. Opening their records The visit to Louisville in late October was the third for investigators since Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the civil probe in April. He has launched similar investigations in Minneapolis and Phoenix. Louisville’s team is led by Paul Killebrew, special counsel in Justice’s civil rights division, and includes officials from Washington and the local U.S. attorney’s office, along with two former police chiefs from other jurisdictions. In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said the Justice Department will “work to expeditiously address any pattern or practice of unlawful conduct that may be identified.” The review spans the past five years. Federal investigators have accompanied local officers on patrol duty and homicide investigations, toured facilities, and interviewed police staff, city officials and civic activists. Shields’s team gave them laptop computers that can access the department’s vast system of computerized files and thousands of hours of body-camera footage. Matt Golden, Louisville’s chief of public services, said investigators told local officials that a single digital folder contained more information than all the data the Justice Department compiled in its probe of the much larger Chicago Police Department from 2015 to 2017.“Louisville has been very open to us. They’ve provided an enormous amount of data,” said one federal official close to the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.The team is reviewing dozens of police use-of-force incidents, including all officer-involved shootings from 2017 through this year, and past use of no-knock warrants, which were banned after police shot Taylor while carrying out a no-knock warrant at her apartment. Joshua Lott The Washington Post Demonstrators demanding justice for Breonna Taylor gather in Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park on March 13, the anniversary of her killing. [Breonna Taylor’s city is ‘in crisis’. A new chief brings her own baggage.] Already, investigators have voiced concerns about the dilapidated state of Louisville’s police facilities, where they said some officers have been asked to sign liability waivers to work in buildings with code violations. Consultants warned in 2018 that the aging police headquarters should be torn down over work-safety hazards; Shields and her executive staff are only now relocating.“They made a good point,” Lt. Col. Paul Humphrey, the assistant chief, said of the criticism by the feds. “How can officers expect to be held to a high standard if their facilities reflect that no one cares about them?”The issue, he said, illustrates a broader challenge of police reform: It requires investments that city leaders are often unwilling to make. Humphrey pointed to the dearth of social services in Louisville that he said means police officers — rather than mental health counselors — must deal with mentally ill suspects, without adequate training in how to de-escalate such situations. “When there are no other resources to respond, who steps in? The police,” he said. “And that’s of no ill intent, but it comes to that because problems fester.”State officials investigating last month’s shooting said three Louisville officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. Body-camera footage shows the officers attempting to escort a man, identified as Ivan Foster, 37, from a woman’s apartment.The footage shows police warning Foster, who grabs a gun and fires a shot, which authorities said struck a police radio on an officer’s hip. Foster then yells “I’ll kill him!” and another officer, identified as Timothy Lanham, fires fatal shots. Lanham has been placed on paid administrative leave.Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post Consultants cautioned in 2018 that the dilapidated Louisville Metro Police headquarters should be demolished because of work-safety hazards. ‘Not a quick path forward’ Shields took over the 1,300-officer department as its fourth leader in seven months, succeeding two interim chiefs and Police Chief Steve Conrad, who was fired during the 2020 protests. The leadership tumult has harmed morale; union leaders say it’s a primary reason 300 positions on the force remain vacant.“Officers don’t know who to believe, who to trust,” said the federal official close to the investigation. “It leaves them in a poor position as it relates to understanding what their focus should be, what their priorities should be, how they should be engaging with communities.”As part of an effort to win the confidence of her officers, Shields announced that she and her executive team would participate in patrol shifts, getting an up-close view of the challenges facing her department. One glimpse came the night of June 22. Shields was in a squad car driven by Lt. Bryan Edelen that fell in behind a cruiser pursuing a reported stolen vehicle on a freeway.In Atlanta, Shields had banned such high-speed chases over fear of endangering the public. But Louisville had 173 criminal homicides last year — obliterating the previous record of 117 set in 2016. The 2021 homicide tally reached 170 the week of Nov. 14, with just 36 percent of the killings solved so far. Police say assailants are increasingly using stolen vehicles to carry out shootings, lessening the chance they will be caught. Shields said that is one reason she has condoned high-speed chases in Louisville: “If we do not allow the pursuit of these cars, the shooters get loose.” [Policing in America: The Washington Post investigates] Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields says the Justice Department’s investigation of Breonna Taylor’s killing should complement her own efforts to improve policing. The city offered police officers and sergeants a contract that included 12 percent raises over two years but would require drug testing for officers involved in critical incidents and lengthen the period the city retains complaints about officers from 90 days to two years.The union rejected the proposal, with leaders saying the salary increases were not enough to reverse attrition or boost morale that has been low for months. An outside audit in January found that 75 percent of Louisville officers said they would leave to join another department if possible.“We think it’s having a huge impact,” union spokesman and retired officer Dave Mutchler said of the department’s vacancy rate. “It’s not just about stopping crime, but there’s less time to engage with the citizens on your beat. We may have to stop providing some services if we are continuing to lose officers at this rate.” [Ocean City, Md., police who clashed with teens on boardwalk have been cleared] Shields expressed empathy for the officers, saying they have experienced “a lot of PTSD and very strong emotions from last year,” which saw weeks of protests, scores of arrests and the fatal shooting of a shop owner by Kentucky National Guard troops who were helping police enforce a curfew.“It’s a morale issue when people feel that they’re hated,” she said. “This is not to discount the [social justice] activism; it’s not to discount the movement. It’s saying, as someone who’s trying to get this department upright, engaged and positive, I have a lot of folks who are really wrestling with a lot of things. And there’s not a quick path forward.”David Nakamura The Washington Post Healey and Bishop Dennis V. Lyons talk about policing and public safety during a radio broadcast at WLOU on Oct. 26. Stray bullets and ‘wheelies’ For Maj. Steven Healey, who took charge of Louisville’s 2nd Division in June even though he was eligible to retire, the way forward is to rebuild relationships in the community. It has not been easy. The division is down to 53 officers — 19 short of full staffing.Residents say they want more officer patrols and more resources to reduce shootings and address lesser concerns.Healey said he welcomes any funding the federal probe may bring. In the meantime, he used a recent radio appearance to tout a dip in homicides in the 2nd Division, and then joined the radio host, Bishop Dennis V. Lyons of the Gospel Missionary Church, for a meeting with parishioners a short drive away.At the radio station, Lyons pressed Healey to work more closely with church leaders and help protect Dino’s, a popular neighborhood food mart, which city government leaders have sought to close over allegations that it draws drug dealers and prostitutes to the area.After the show, Healey acknowledged that the bishop had made a good point. “Do we want to shut down another business or make a safe neighborhood store in a community that doesn’t have many?” Healey said. [Internal investigation: Police who shot Breonna Taylor should not have fired] Lyons’s church is small and aging. He placed a mailbox outside the church with the lettering “Community Crime Tip Box,” hoping to collect anonymous information that he could pass on to police. But he said someone recently left the box mangled beyond repair.Inside, a man complained to Healey about “kids doing wheelies” on the streets. Another said drivers sped through stop signs. A woman said stray bullets pierced her home. While the summertime protests demanded sweeping police reforms, the discussion at the church reflected more prosaic, day-to-day concerns.Healey told the residents that police were adding speed cameras and considering expanding the “shot-spotter” system, which detects gunfire and alerts police. He distributed copies of a 43-page pamphlet listing community services, before ducking out as the parishioners sampled fried chicken from Dino’s.“Even in the 2nd Division, citizens want the police there,” Healey said. “They just want us to do it the right way.”David Nakamura The Washington Post A mailbox positioned outside the Gospel Missionary Church to gather tips to help stop crime was intentionally damaged, a church leader said. Urgent need, shifting climate On a late September morning, a mile from the church, 16-year-old Tyree Smith was killed, and two other teens injured, after a gunman fired on a group of students at a city bus stop. Police said the assailant drove a stolen Jeep Cherokee, then set it on fire.At a news conference, Shields warned of escalating gang violence among teens and vowed to “bang the drum loudly” to convince school board leaders that the system “has to have its own police department.”Her remarks earned rebukes from civic leaders who don’t want police inside schools and say the city should focus instead on investing in housing, education and social programs. “What we’re saying is, ‘Listen, you can’t have a community that has been redlined out of opportunity for so long and think police are the only answer,’ ” said the Urban League’s Reynolds. Shields emphasized in an interview that she does not want her officers in school buildings either. Rather, she envisions a separate pool of resource officers trained to identify brewing conflicts. Fischer, meanwhile, recently proposed spending $15.8 million on violence prevention initiatives and $15 million on youth programs. [Protection or threat? School systems weigh police role on campuses] Louisville Metro Council member Jessica Green, who supported Shields’s hiring and has praised her performance, said she doesn’t want school resource officers either. But she acknowledged that Shields is in a tough spot: “There is nothing she can say or do right now that will appease every single faction.”Next fall, the city will elect a mayor to succeed Fischer, who is statutorily barred from seeking a fourth term. At least one declared candidate — pastor Timothy Findley Jr. of the Kingdom Fellowship church, who was arrested during the social justice demonstrations — has said he would replace Shields, citing her “empty words, without substance” and close ties to Fischer. Other candidates could do the same.Federal officials say consent decrees, with their legal requirements, are designed to withstand such political upheaval. But political transitions have complicated reform efforts in other cities, as new leaders pursue their own agendas. For example, Seattle is heading into its 10th year under a federal consent decree, a process that has spanned four police chiefs, three elected mayors and two federal monitors.Fischer said he is ready to press for a more detailed timetable for Louisville.“We’re at an inflection point,” he said. “I’m hoping that whatever agreement we have with the DOJ is done while I’m still mayor. This is a terrible thing to hand off to the next mayor.”Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post “They are clearly going to find patterns they find problematic and seek assurances that these are truly addressed,” Shields said of the Justice Department.

LMPD officer shot during Breonna Taylor raid gets release date for book – WLKY

By |2021-11-18T17:41:58-05:00November 18th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|


Book written by LMPD cop shot in Breonna Taylor raid now available for preorder –

By |2021-11-18T12:22:48-05:00November 18th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The former Louisville Metro Police officer who was shot during the raid on Breonna Taylor's apartment has written a book that is now available for preorder."12 Seconds in the Dark: A Police Officer's Firsthand Account of the Breonna Taylor Raid" is on Amazon.Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was shot in the leg by Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who said he fired a single shot after fearing an intruder was breaking into the apartment. In the book, Mattingly says he's setting the record straight on what happened.The book description on Amazon says "A twenty-year police veteran with an impeccable record, Mattingly takes readers inside the Louisville Metro Police Department’s response to suspected criminal activity that night, debunking lie after lie about what happened."The 256-page hardcover book costs about $28.99. The book will be released on March 15, 2022.Copyright 2021 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

LMPD Officer John Mattingly's book about the night Breonna Taylor was shot hits shelves – WAVE 3

By |2021-11-17T19:48:19-05:00November 17th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The former LMPD Sergeant who was shot during the Breonna Taylor raid has released a book giving his narrative on the night of the incident.The book, titled “12 Seconds in the Dark: A Police Officer’s Firsthand Account of the Breonna Taylor Raid,” became available for pre-order on Wednesday afternoon.John Mattingly, the author of the book, was shot by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker when they entered Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020 during a drug related investigation.Mattingly and LMPD Officer Myles Cosgrove fired back. Cosgrove’s shots struck Taylor, which resulted in her death.The description of the book, which costs $28.99 on Amazon, states that Taylor’s death was exploited.“With the full support of the mainstream media, Black Lives Matter activists and other leftist groups immediately pounced on the tragedy, exploiting Breonna’s death and twisting the story—in some cases, telling outright lies—to bolster a shameful ‘All Cops Are Bastards’ narrative and radical ‘Defund the Police’ agenda,” the summary states.The description continues to state that the book aims to debunk multiple lies perpetuated about that night.The Daily Wire, who is publishing the book, announced its pre-order release Wednesday.“The media lies routinely to fit its narrative,” The Daily Wire’s Editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro wrote in an opinion article for their website. “The book industry, unfortunately, is part of the media.”Mattingly’s first attempt at releasing the book was met with backlash resulting in Simon & Schuster backing off their agreement to publish it.The Daily Wire decided to launch its own publishing wing, Shapiro stated, in order to bring “the stories the media seeks to silence.”WAVE 3 News Now(WAVE 3 News)Copyright 2021 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

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