In a press conference on Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear urged the Kentucky State Police to investigate a shooting in Louisville that led to the death of a local restaurant owner early Monday morning.
Beshear demanded the Louisville Metro Police Department to release “significant camera footage” of a shooting on 26th Street and Broadway that resulted in the death of David McAtee, who owned a barbeque restaurant in western Louisville. Chief Steve Conrad reported that someone had fired a weapon at LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard.
Protests continued Saturday in Louisville in response to the death of Breonna Taylor.
“We believe there were shots fired last night, both by LMPD and a couple members of the National Guard,” Beshear said. Beshear wants LMPD to release footage of the altercation because he wants people to comprehend what actually happened, especially if an “act of aggression of firing upon LMPD and the National Guard” did occur. Beshear hopes that the camera footage will be released “long before nightfall”.
Before addressing the late night shooting, Beshear invited the mother of Breonna Taylor, Tamika Palmer, to share her thoughts on the reaction to the shooting of her 26-year-old daughter. On March 13, Taylor had been struck eight times by gunshots that were fired by LMPD officers.
“It’s sad that we all have to be here for this, but I don’t think I’m asking for too much, just justice for her,” Palmer said. “But we can’t get justice with violence.”
Beshear said that he will never understand the pain and frustration of those who are negatively affected by racism, but he would continue to listen to those who feel burdened by it.
Protests in Louisville in response to the death of Breonna Taylor
A peaceful protest transformed into a tense standoff between police and protestors after seven people were shot outside Louisville city hall on Thursday night. People gathered to protest the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman, during a no-knock warrant. The Louisville Metro Police Department claim they did not open fire into the crowd. As tensions increased, police ordered the crowd to disperse or be met with non-lethal force. In response to the police’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets, Protestors set up picnic table barricades on South Sixth Street. Despite the intensity of the standoff, there were no reports of looting.
“I’ve had individuals try to create fear and terror in my own family,” Beshear said. “But that’s been a few days, maybe a week, certainly not a lifetime.”
“The deaths of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis provide us with a stark reminder of the racial injustice that exists in our nation.”