Beshear: KSP investigating after Louisville officers, National Guard kill unarmed man

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2020

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired the city's chief of police Steve Conrad after it was discovered that police officers had not activated their body cameras during the shooting of David McAtee, a local black business owner who was killed during protests early Monday morning.

Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder is now acting chief. "I assure you, there will be discipline for failing to utilize our cameras".

Gov. Andy Beshear later called the lack of body camera footage unacceptable.

Police did retrieve video from crime center cameras that showed how the shooting unfolded, Schroeder said.

Protesters walk down East Vine Street in Lexington, Ky., during a rally against the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Video of the incident fueled a national outcry.

The Louisville shooting happened in the far western part of the city, where protests hadn't taken place in previous nights.

Still, law enforcement has not said definitively that McAtee was killed by their fire. Police and National Guard members fired back.

Around 12:15 a.m., LMPD and National Guard units, who have been working to assist LMPD with the protest, were sent to Dino's Foodmart at 26th and Broadway to clear a large crowd. "We do not know if it was related to a separate incident, if it was due to the shots fired by our officers and the National Guardsmen and soldiers that accompanied them".

An audio recording of police radio communications, also released by the mayor's office, conveys the voices of multiple police officers and dispatchers reporting "shots fired" at the grocery store's intersection at about a quarter past midnight. The coroner has not yet identified the victim.

Protesters walk down East Vine Street in Lexington Ky. during a rally against the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on Sunday

His mum said: "He fed them free, he fed the police and didn't charge them nothing".

Her mother said they wanted justice, but she also denounced the violence during some of those protests. "All he did on that barbecue corner is try to make a dollar for himself and his family", she added.

Riley said she got a call a little after 1 a.m. that her son had been shot and killed, and she came to the scene and had been there since.

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

Schroeder, who took over the department after Police Chief Steve Conrad was sacked because the cops didn't activate their body cameras, is aware of the post and has launched an investigation into the matter, the Courier-Journal reports. He was already going to leave the department amid the Breonna Taylor shooting.

Crews, who joined the department two years ago, does not have any disciplinary infractions in that span, the newspaper reports, citing police officials.

Taylor, who was employed as an EMT, was inside of her home when police conducted a "no-knock raid" on her home. Police said none of the seven, who are recovering, were shot by police. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was struck in the leg, but survived. According to a statement made by Conrad earlier Monday, officers returned fire after someone allegedly "shot at" law enforcement.

The prosecution dropped their case against Walker.

Police didn't find drugs in the residence.

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Washington's measures "seriously interfere in China's internal affairs and undermine US-China relations", he said. These protests evolved into demands for greater democracy and autonomy.

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