Simon & Schuster Has Decided to Drop the Book by One of the Cops Who Shot Breonna Taylor

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Following public outcry, Simon & Schuster has decided not to distribute a forthcoming book by one of the Louisville police officers involved in shooting and killing 26-year-old medical worker Breonna Taylor, whose death last March has been held up as an example of how cops and the criminal justice system produces untold violence against Black Americans.

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“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 to The New York Times on Thursday. “We have subsequently decided to not be involved in the distribution of this book.”

It’s an “extremely rare” move for a major distributor to decline to distribute a book on the basis of its content, according to the Times. The Tennessee-based Post Hill Press, which specializes in publishing Christian and conservative works with a political bent, still plans on publishing Mattingly’s book at press time.

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