The police who killed black business owner David “BBQ Man” McAtee in Louisville and left his body outside for TWELVE HOURS did NOT have their body cameras on and have provided little to no explanation about what happened. With that in mind, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday the firing of the city’s police chief. The two officers involved Katie Crews and Austin Allen have ONLY been put on administrative leave.
“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated. Accordingly, I have relieved Steve Conrad of his duties as chief of Louisville Metro Police Department,” Fischer said in a news conference reports WKYT.
The mayor called McAtee a wonderful citizen while announcing that Robert Schroeder will serve as interim police chief.
“I am saddened that it took this much calamity in our city to remove the chief of police,” Metro Council President David James added.
The involved officers have been shunned by the city police chief as well.
“The two officers involved in the shooting violated department policy by not wearing or activating the bodycams, said interim Deputy Chief Robert Schroeder. “We will review the entire incident to determine if there were any other policy violations that occurred,” Schroeder said. “I assure you, there will be discipline for failing to utilize our cameras.”
One of the KKKops involved, Katie Crews, posted a Courier Journal photo of a protester across from her and said “I hope the pepper balls that she got lit up with a little later on hurt,” reports USA Today.
A screenshot of the post has circulated on social media sites. In it, it features a protester offering flowers to Crews, who is staring back at her.
“She was saying and doing a lot more than ‘offering flowers’ to me. Just so for it to be known,” Crews wrote in the post. “For anyone that knows me and knows that facial expression tells everything.”
And after mentioning the pepper balls, Crews ended the post with: “Come back and get ya some more ole girl, I’ll be on the line again tonight.”
A Change.Org petition has been launched demanding answers for David McAtee’s family. So far, over 170K people have signed it, SIGN IT HERE.
Just a note. All of this comes as the Louisville shot unarmed Breonna Taylor EIGHT TIMES remain free. The three officers, still employed at LMPD, didn’t have their body cameras on in that case, either.
We will keep you updated on both cases.