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Police Chief Fired; FBI Called in to Investigate Police Shooting of Black Business Owner

The FBI has been called in to investigate the police shooting of a black restaurant owner in Louisville, Kentucky.

David McAtee, also known by locals as “the BBQ man”, was shot and killed by police as they attempted to break up a crowd early Monday morning.

According to police, the shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Dino’s Food Mart. Conrad said LMPD and the National Guard were breaking up a large group of people at the location when someone opened fire on law enforcement and officers returned fire.

Deputy Chief Robert Schroeder said the two officers involved in the shooting violated department policy by not wearing or activating the bodycams. “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.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday announced the firing of LMPD’s Police Chief Steve Conrad after learning that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of McAtee had not activated their body cameras. Fischer said both officers have 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.

Schroeder said Kentucky State Police will also be conducting an independent oversight investigation. The mayor said the National Guard will also carry out an investigation.

In addition, U.S. Attorney Russel Coleman announced Monday night that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will also investigate the shooting “and will take any appropriate action that is warranted by the facts and the law.”

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