Louisville Police Chief Fired After Officers’ Bodycams Were Off During Shooting
Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad was fired on Monday after a black restaurant owner was shot and killed by police officers whose bodycams were turned off, according to local CBS News affiliate WKYT.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement after Yaya’s BBQ Shack wonder David McAtee, 53, was killed.
According to the report, “early Monday morning, [the Louisville Metro Police Department] and National Guard officers were called to the area of 26th and Broadway to disperse a large crowd that had gathered near Yaya’s BBQ Shack.”
LMPD claimed shots were fired in their direction, prompting them to return fire and resulting in McAtee’s death.
Fischer said there was no officer bodycam footage of the incident.
“That lack of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said as he announced Conrad’s termination, effective immediately. Robert Schroeder will serve as interim police chief.
The two officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative reassignment.
Monday’s shooting and lack of video evidence follows the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, “the 26-year-old former EMT who was shot dead when LMPD officers served a narcotics warrant at her home in March.”
The three officers involved in Taylor’s death also did not have their bodycams turned on during the shooting. They are still employed by LMPD.