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Louisville BBQ man who was fatally shot when police dispersed crowd used to feed officers for free

(CNN) David “Yaya” McAtee and his BBQ joint were fixtures on the Louisville corner where he was fatally shot as police and the Kentucky National Guard dispersed a large crowd early Monday.

McAtee, 53, called the spot “one of the busiest locations in West Louisville,” where he had built a steady clientele over the years that included local cops his mother said usually ate for free. It was a popular outdoor eatery he had dreamed of turning into a restaurant.

His mother, Odessa Riley, said McAtee was “trying to make an honest dollar to take care of his rent and his bills. And they gonna shoot him down like a dog.”

Here’s what we know about David McAtee and how he died:

Police say they returned fire after being fired upon

Chief Steve Conrad was fired after officials discovered two of his officers involved in McAtee’s shooting had not activated their body cameras.

“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday.

McAtee was shot as police and National Guard members tried to disperse a large crowd, according to police, who said officers returned fire after being fired upon. The city has a dusk-to-dawn curfew after nights of protests.

The #LMPD officers, identified as Katie Crews and Austin Allen, are on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

Crews joined the police department in February of 2018. Allen joined in February 2016.

The National Guard members have not been identified.

Police and #NationalGuard units around 12:15 a.m. early Monday were sent to clear a large crowd in the parking lot where McAtee sold his BBQ at his stand.

“Officers and soldiers begin to clear the lot and at some point were shot at,” Conrad told reporters. “Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire. We have one man dead at the scene.”

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said state police were investigating McAtee’s death.

“It is our belief at this time that approximately 18 shots were fired between the #Kentucky #NationalGuard and the #Louisville #Police that evening,”

#DavidMcAtee #sayhisname

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[text id: a screenshot of a tweet thread from @ battymamzelle. the first tweet reads:

2. I want us to send birthday cards to the office of the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, calling for charges to be laid against the officers who killed her. As far as i can tell, he is responsible for deciding if they will be charged. If i am wrong, let me know.

the second tweet reads:

Address your cards as follows: 

Office of Attorney General

700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118

Frankfort,Kentucky 40601-3449

Feel free to also send them to the LMPD, The Lousiville Mayor, and The Governor.

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Breonna Taylor was murdered in her sleep by police on March 13th. It would have been her 27th birthday on June 5th, this Friday. The officers who shot her have not been charged. Writing and addressing a letter took all of two minutes. White silence is violence.

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