Louisville Police Chief Fired After Law Enforcement Kills Man

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

McAtee's sister said the crowd that was gathered before the shooting wasn't taking part in the protests that have packed Louisville city streets the last four nights.

Louisville officers and the National Guard were sent to a parking lot to break up a crowd at around around 12:15 a.m., according to a statement Conrad gave earlier Monday.

A man was shot and killed in Louisville, Ky., allegedly by officers and National Guard soldiers who were returning fire when shots erupted in a large group of people breaking curfew shortly after midnight on Sunday night.

McAtee's death comes two months after Louisville police officers shot and killed another black resident, Breonna Taylor, 26, as she slept in her bed, after the officers burst into the home to execute what city officials call a "no-knock" warrant. The officers involved in the shooting reportedly did not have their body cameras activated during the time of the shooting.

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, immediately fired Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad on Monday, just hours after an early-morning fatal shooting involving members of Louisville Metro Police and the Kentucky National Guard. Fischer also said that Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad was relieved of command in the wake of the shooting.

The governor has authorized state police to launch an independent investigation into the incident.

"We are asking people to trust a process that they don't trust", he said.

Peace, not violence, is what she wants, Riley said. The incident has led to the firing of the police chief. "Everybody around him would say that". It is completely unclear at this moment whether McAtee is even suspected of having fired the alleged shot the officers responded to, as authorities have thus far only stated that the matter is under investigation.

Conrad had said that police will be interviewing persons of interest, and are collecting body cam footage.

News outlets showed video taken by someone in a vehicle parked at a gas station.

LMPD spokesperson Jessie Halladay also confirmed there were reports of shots fired in the area of Jefferson Square Park downtown Monday night.

"As soon as I walk to my vehicle they jump out with the sticks, the police jump out with their sticks and their shields and stuff on", Smith said. Police said none of the seven, who are recovering, were shot by police. "It looked like a freaking war zone". He was a well known local, who ran a barbecue business who was engaged in the community and often donated food.

Taylor's death has been a catalyst for protests in Louisville, demonstrations that over the weekend were reignited by the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died last week after a police officer kept a knee on his neck for over eight minutes.

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