George Floyd, Police

George Floyd, Police

Police chief fired as black restaurateur is killed during George Floyd protests

Police chief fired as black restaurateur is killed during George Floyd protests

6/2/2020 6:38:00 AM

Police chief fired as black restaurateur is killed during George Floyd protests

David McAtee was taking part in a protest in Kentucky against the killing of African Americans by police, and was himself killed, leading to two officers being put on leave and the local chief being sacked

Police and National Guard troops fired weapons to disperse a crowd on Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, protesting against the police killings of African Americans.David McAtee, 53, died during the incident on Monday night though the specifics of what happened have yet to be confirmed.

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The chief of police in Louisville Steve Conrad was sacked and two officers placed on administrative leave after authorities learned the officers had fired their weapons without using body cameras to record what happened, Mayor Greg Fischer said."We had a horrible tragedy last night at 26th and Broadway," Fischer said. "We lost a wonderful citizen named David McAtee."

Mr McAtee's mum described him as a "community pillar," USA Today reports."He left a great legend behind," she said. "He was a good person. Everybody around him would say that."My son didn't hurt nobody. He didn't do nothing to nobody."

The death of Mr McAtee, who owned YaYa's BBQ near the site of the shooting, marked the second time Louisville police did not use their body cameras during a shooting incident in which an unarmed black resident was killed.Like protesters across the country, the Louisville marchers were incensed by the treatment of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis police custody after being pinned beneath a white officer's knee for nearly nine minutes.

But they were also protesting against the Louisville officers who shot 26-year-old Breonna Taylor while serving a "no knock" search warrant at her apartment.Read More George Floyd death Protests over racial inequality have engulfed the nation's major cities for a week, as officials extended curfews in hopes of preventing a seventh night of looting and vandalism over the death of Floyd.

Mr Fischer said authorities know two Louisville police officers and two National Guard soldiers had fired their weapons during the incident in which Mr McAtee died.The officers claim they returned fire after someone shot at them, Mr Fischer added.Kentucky Governor Andy Bashear promised an exhaustive investigation.

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