The Mayor immediately made a move to fire the police chief officers involved in a shooting that killed the popular owner of a barbecue spot failed to activate body cameras during the chaotic scene. Steve Conrad, chief of the Louisville Metro police department was “relieved of his duties” on Monday afternoon.
David McAtee, who owns a Barbecue Restaurant was known for offering meals to police officers, shot dead earlier on Monday while police officers and national guard soldiers were enforcing a curfew in the middle of erupted nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis a week ago – and a previous recent police shooting in Kentucky’s largest city.
The US attorney said federal authorities will join state police in investigating the fatal shooting.
“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said. “Accordingly, I have relieved Steve Conrad of his duties.” Louisville’s mayor, Greg Fischer stated.
Also, the Mayor has also revealed that authorities have failed to installed body camera video for the investigation just hours after Kentucky’s governor demanded the release of police video. And according to Governor Andy Beshear later said the lack of body-camera footage was unacceptable.
“This is the entire reason that we have those cameras,” the Democratic governor said at the state capitol in Frankfort. “And every other officer’s cameras should be reviewed, and if they captured any part of the scene it ought to be released. Beshear authorized state police to independently investigate the shooting. He pledged the investigation would be conducted in an “honest and transparent way that will not take months”.
The governor said he had counted on body-camera footage to help determine “the truth in a way that spoke for itself, at a time when trust is difficult and people deserve to be able to see and evaluate”.
With the overwhelming case that might add fuel to the fire, Deputy Chief Robert Schroeder will step in immediately as chief, Fischer said on an interview.
The Mayor also officially announced that curfew in the city was being extended until 8 June. On the flip side, Schroeder said that police did retrieve video from crime center cameras that showed how the shooting unfolded.
“It is taken from a distance, but it gives an overview of the scene and clearly shows the officers reacting to gunfire,” he said.
Two Louisville officers and two guard soldiers returned fire, he said. The two officers violated policy by not wearing or activating body cameras, Schroeder said, adding they have been placed on administrative leave.
McAtee, whose YaYa’s BBQ Shack is near where the shooting occurred, was mourned by hundreds of people who returned to the site hours afterward. Christopher 2X, an anti-violence activist and executive director of the group Game Changers, said McAtee was well-liked.
“I’ve never known him to be aggressive in any kind of way,” he said.
Schroeder agreed that McAtee was friendly to police officers. “Over the years he’s been a good friend to the police officers … frequently making sure our officers had a good meal on their shifts,” he said.
Prevalent police violence is drastically rising given the fact protesters were relentlessly demanding for justice. Just last week in downtown Louisville, before the national guards were doing the authorized mobilization to seven people were wounded when gunshots prevailed during the mass protest in. Police said none of the seven, who are recovering, were shot by police. They have not announced any arrests.
With the following and unending cases of Black American lives that are being taken away, the furious protesters have been shouting and screaming for justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in her home in Louisville in March due to misleading. The 26-year-old EMT was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who knocked down her front door as they attempted to enforce a search warrant. And according to the police investigation and data, no drugs were seen in the home. On the other hand, the protests have sprung ablaze that makes protesters restless and agitated by the injustices.
After Taylor’s death, the mayor said Louisville police would be required to wear body cameras.