Edited by Naomi K. Bonman via Heavy.com
Protestors across the Nation have been just trying to protest peacefully in the name of all the Black lives that we have lost due to police brutality. It is ashamed when the protests turn deadly for the same reason that we are protesting against. David McAtee lost his life at a protest after he was shot and killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky.
McAtee was a local businessman in Louisville where he owned a popular barbecue spot located near the Dino’s Food Mart parking lot where the shooting took place at 12:15 a.m. local time on June 1.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said during a press conference on Monday, “Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at. Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire.” Conrad noted that it is unclear if McAtee, 53, was the person who fired at the officers.
They’re trying to say that he could have shot at officers, but we know that is a lie. As a business owner who would want to protect is business at all costs, we highly doubt that he would want to risk his life and business by shooting at an officer.
“It’s very clear that many people do not trust the police,” Conrad said. “That is an issue we’re going to work on and work through.” Later on Monday afternoon, Conrad was fired effective immediately after it was discovered that there was no police body camera footage of the incident.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear tweeted out a statement on Monday morning announcing that he’s asked the Kentucky State Police to investigate the matter:
— Fikis Music (@Fikismusic) June 1, 2020
During a press conference, Beshear asked for witnesses to submit videos from the shooting that left McAtee dead. “I’m not asking people to trust our account (of what happened). I want to see the video for ourselves,” Beshear said.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad was Fired on Monday Afternoon
.@LMPD Chief Steve Conrad fired after no body camera footage of fatal shooting at 26th and Broadway, @louisvillemayor announced Monday afternoon: https://t.co/zSWbmYiKWB | @christopherotts pic.twitter.com/ZN4q2vLVZX
— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) June 1, 2020
Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Monday afternoon that Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has been fired. Following the death of McAtee, and the governor’s call for footage of the incident, it was discovered that no police body footage was available.
Tributes to McAtee, a Man Beloved by His Community as ‘the BBQ Man,’ Were Shared on Social Media
“My son didn’t hurt nobody. . . Like I said earlier, he fed all @LMPD. The police would come up to his shop and talk to him and be with him. He fed the police. He fed them free. He fed the police and didn’t charge them nothing. My son was a good son.” — Odessa Riley #DavidMcAtee pic.twitter.com/qbsUYT2JFv
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) June 1, 2020