Louisville Police Fatally Shoot Black Restaurateur David McAtee

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal

As the Louisville community continues to demand justice for Breonna Taylor who was murdered by their police department, local officers have killed another Black community member.

David McAtee, a 53-year-old Black male restaurant owner in Lousiville, was fatally shot by officers during a protest early Monday morning.

McAtee was reportedly shot by officers around 12:15 a.m. in a Louisville food mart parking lot located at 26th and Broadway. It’s near the restaurant McAtee owned Yaya’s BBQ.

According to USA Today, Louisville Metro Police Department officers and National Guard troops were breaking up a “large crowd” that’d gathered in the parking lot when someone shot at them. They retaliated by firing shots into the crowd.

Louisville Mayor Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer shared Monday that neither the officers or National Guard had their body cameras on at the time of the shooting.

In light of that, Mayor Fischer announced Chief Steve Conrad, who announced in May he’d be resigning in June, has been fired effective immediately.

According to WLKY, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said he’s heard the crowd was not demonstrating at the time, but police responded because they were violating curfew. In a statement, Gov. Beshear said he’s authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the incident.

“He left a great legend behind. He was a good person. Everybody around him would say that,” said McAtee’s mother Odessa Riley (pictured above in red sweater). “My son didn’t hurt nobody. He didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

A nightly curfew in Lousiville of 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. has been extended to June 8.

McAtee’s death is currently being investigated by local and state authorities.

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