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Simon & Schuster drops plans to distribute book by police officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting

Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has announced it will not distribute the book written by one of the police officers who fired shots during the fatal Breonna Taylor raid last year. The book, written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly of the Louisville Police Department, is being published by Tennessee-based Post Hill Press, which specializes in “pop culture, business, self-help, health, current events, Christian, and conservative political books,” according to its website.

To be clear, Simon & Schuster was never the publisher or editor of Mattingly’s book. Often large publishing houses have existing deals with independent publishers to distribute their books across shops and retailers. The Courier-Journal of Louisville was the first to report on the book and the distribution deal, which drew widespread outrage on social media.

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