The Lousiville police chief has reprimanded the Lousiville Metro Police Department sergeant who sent a mass email that labeled the Breonna Taylor protesters as “thugs” and criticized the department’s leadership.
According to NBC News, Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields found Sgt. Jon Mattingly to be in violation of the department’s policy for email usage. On March 29, he received a letter of reprimand that said he sent a letter to several other sworn officers “that did not serve any business purpose.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Mattingly sent the email to over 1,000 LMPD officers and expressed his true feelings about the protesters. He also said that his colleagues did not deserve to be in this position to have to deal with them.
“You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position,” Mattingly wrote. “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,” the letter continued. “Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.”
Mattingly, who was shot in the leg during the raid at Taylor’s home, also wrote that cops are trained to “protect” and that “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.”
The sergeant is currently still part of the department.
Check out his email below.
New: LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (who is being investigated as part of Breonna Taylor’s case) sent an email to around 1,000 officers at 2am that calls protestors thugs, complains about the government enforcing civil rights violations, and claims this is "good versus evil” pic.twitter.com/VcuyPDP790— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) September 22, 2020