Simon & Schuster said late Thursday night that it had scrapped plans to distribute a book by one of the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor during the botched drug raid last year that resulted in her death.
The book by the officer, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was wounded in the raid on March 13, 2020, is being published by Post Hill Press, a Tennessee-based house whose specialties include Christian and conservative political books.
The officer’s book, “The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy,” was to be distributed by Simon & Schuster, which had said in a statement earlier Thursday that it had no editorial control over book releases by smaller publishing houses for which it provides third-party distribution, including Post Hill Press.
But hours later, after news about the book had drawn sharp criticism, Simon & Schuster reversed course on the project.
“Like much of the American public, earlier today Simon & Schuster learned of plans by distribution client Post Hill Press to publish a book by Jonathan Mattingly,” the publisher said in a statement. “We have subsequently decided to not be involved in the distribution of this book.”
It was not immediately clear what effect Simon & Schuster’s decision would have on plans for the book’s publication.
Kelsey Merritt, a spokeswoman for Post Hill Press, said in a statement that it still planned to publish the book. “His story is important and it deserves to be heard by the public at large,” she said. “We feel strongly that an open dialogue is essential to shining a light on the challenging issues our country is facing.”
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SOURCE: The New York Times, Neil Vigdor