Louisville Police Chief Fired After It Was Revealed Officers ‘Turned Off Body Cam’ In Shooting That Killed Black Business Owner
NBC News reported on Monday that Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad was relieved of duty after it was revealed that the police officers who were involved in a shooting that killed a local businessman during a protest did not have their body cameras turned on.
According to the report, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the decision to fire Conrad during a press conference on Monday. The shooting left local business owner David McAtee dead.
“David was a friend to many, a well-known barbecue man that nurtured so many people in their bellies and their hearts before,” Fischer said of the victim. “And for him to be caught up in this, for him to not be here with us is a tragedy. It’s just hard to put into words.”
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, NBC News reported.
It’s unclear whether the fatal shot was fired by law enforcement or a separate individual, active Chief Rob Schroeder said Monday.
“We are working diligently to determine what happened, the community has a lot of questions and we share those same questions,” Schroeder said.
In a statement Monday morning, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said “LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in death” and said he has asked the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the shooting.
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