A Kentucky NAACP chapter is slamming a restaurant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for hosting an event with former Louisville Metro Police officer Jonathan Mattingly, who recently published a book about the Breonna Taylor shooting.
According to The Courier Journal, the event Jan. 17 was hosted by the Republican Women of South Central Kentucky at Anna’s Greek Restaurant. Cayce Johnson, a customer who was at the restaurant at the time of the event but did not attend said Mattingly was introduced with "raucous applause” and loud video footage was played of the botched raid where 26-year-old Taylor was killed. Johnson told The Washington Post, “You could hear the gunshots in the footage. Our dinner was completely hijacked. We couldn’t hear ourselves at that point. It makes me nauseous to think about now.”
Ryan Dearbone, president of the Bowling Green-Warren County NAACP, said in a statement, “It is beyond reprehensible to subject anyone, let alone children and customers of African American descent, to such indecent exposure, graphic and upsetting images while they were attempting to enjoy their meal.”
Dearbone continued, “Such disturbing occurrences must not be tolerated especially in places of public accommodation. At a minimum, these acts are devoid of humanity and violate the most fundamental principles of human decency.”
The Courier Journal claims Anna’s Greek Restaurant did not respond to a request for comment. However, Dearbone said a member of the Republican Women of South Central Kentucky reached out him and said the event was “taken out of context” and they were “simply opening a door of First Amendment rights to Mr. Mattingly to hear his story – that he is also a victim in all of this and they hate that it's affected Anna's Greek Restaurant … also that she and none of the people in the group are racist."
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The event was originally scheduled to be held at the Bowling Green Country Club, but they allegedly canceled after learning that Mattingly would be a guest.
Mattingly released his book 12 Seconds in the Dark: A Police Officer's Firsthand Account of the Breonna Taylor Raid in March of 2022.
Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were in bed when they were startled by a banging on her apartment door around midnight on March 13, 2020. Police, holding a drug warrant, used a battering ram to break down the door. Believing an intruder was entering, Walker fired a single shot from his licensed handgun, striking Mattingly in the leg. Mattingly and two other officers opened fire, killing Taylor. Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but charges against him were dropped as the case grew in notoriety.
Earlier this year, U.S. Justice Department prosecutors charged three Louisville cops of conspiring to falsify the Taylor warrant earlier this year. Kelly Goodlett, one of the former officers, pleaded guilty and admitted to aiding in fabricating a false connection between Taylor and a wanted drug dealer. Two other former officers involved in the warrant, Joshua Jaynes and Kyle Meany, are scheduled to go on trial in federal court next year.
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