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Crime Family of Slain Louisville BBQ Owner Files Suit Over Notorious Killing

23:26  21 september  2020
23:26  21 september  2020 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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The family of David McAtee, a Black Louisville , Kentucky, restaurateur who was shot and killed in June by cops and the National Guard during protests over the police killing of local emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, just over 48 hours after the

LOUISVILLE , Ky. (AP) — The family of a barbecue cook who was shot to death by a McAtee, the owner of a barbecue spot who was known for offering meals to police officers, died while State officials said after an investigation that McAtee was killed by a National Guard member after McAtee The suit names 20 unidentified National Guard members and two Louisville police officers, Austin

The family of David McAtee, a Black Louisville, Kentucky, restaurateur who was shot and killed in June by cops and the National Guard during protests over the police killing of local emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, just over 48 hours after the man’s nephew was shot and killed in virtually the same spot.

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It was the latest harrowing episode in a cycle of bloodshed that has seemingly singled out a beloved local family.

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The lawsuit , which seeks unspecified damages, claims police and the guard violated standard operating procedure for dispersing crowds, including Andy Beshear called the National Guard into the city in the midst of protests over the police-shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT shot

Louisville , Kentucky, a city already grappling with the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor nearly three months ago, faced renewed anguish this McAtee was in a parking lot next to his barbecue stand, YaYa's Barbecue , early Monday when Louisville police officers and the National Guard went

The lawsuit targets the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Kentucky National Guard, and a slew of officers and National Guard members the family says were involved in the June 1 shooting. It also names the two white Louisville cops previously identified as having been party to the killing—Katie Crews and Austin Allen. When, after the shooting, it was revealed that neither officer had their body camera activated, Mayor Greg Fischer fired Steven Conrad, the outgoing local police chief.

As has become routine in an era of increased scrutiny of police killings of people of color, the two officers were placed on leave, and a joint state-federal investigation was announced. But attorney Steve Romines, who is representing the McAtees, said the probe into the fatal shooting of the celebrated barbecue chef had been virtually invisible, and seemed to go nowhere.

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Louisville police released new information Tuesday about the fatal shooting of a local business owner during a protest earlier this week, as friends and neighbors gathered to mourn. David McAtee, who ran Yaya's BBQ in Louisville , was shot and killed during protests early on June 1, 2020.

Louisville , Kentucky, a city already grappling with the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor nearly three months ago, faced renewed anguish this McAtee was in a parking lot next to his barbecue stand, YaYa's Barbecue , early Monday when Louisville police officers and the National Guard went

“They had indicated that [the investigation] would be transparent and all the information would be provided,” Romines told The Daily Beast. “Literally none of it has been provided, and we’re left with no other option but to go forward [with our lawsuit]. I understand the need for a proper, thorough investigation to ensure justice, but there’s a big difference between that and dragging it out like this.”

The elder McAtee was killed when police and the Guard arrived to enforce a curfew amid the peak of Black Lives Matter protests sparked in part by the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis—as well as Taylor—this spring. On the night in question, a large crowd was eating at McAtee’s restaurant, Yaya’s BBQ Shack, and McAtee’s niece, Maychelle, was threatened by police projectiles as she stood by the doorway. In the lawsuit, McAtee claims she was hit three times. Police have said—and provided surveillance footage they say shows—that McAtee fired his own gun at least once from the restaurant as police and National Guard made their approach.

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Almost as soon as police say McAtee fired, a hail of police and National Guard gunfire erupted, killing him. State officials later said they concluded that the fatal shot was fired by a member of the National Guard, and that the shooting was justified.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department said it did not comment on pending litigation. Crews and Allen could not immediately be reached for comment on the lawsuit, and the National Guard did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Crews had reportedly mocked a demonstrator she encountered earlier that night, posting on Facebook: "I hope the pepper balls that she got lit up with a little later on hurt."

Law enforcement officials claim McAtee fired at least two rounds from a 9mm pistol he wore on his belt. Crews and Allen fired at McAtee at least 19 times, according to officials. The family’s lawsuit does not say McAtee fired on officers during the incident, but explains that he had been advised by police officers who regularly ate at YaYa’s to carry a gun for his own protection.

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The family is seeking unspecified monetary damages, including funeral expenses. And now they are facing an even fresher tragedy.

Marvin McAtee—David McAtee’s nephew—took over YaYa’s BBQ after his uncle’s death. Over the weekend, Marvin was reportedly shot and killed in an apparently unrelated incident just steps from where David was gunned down. Police said they have not yet identified any suspects.

Reached by phone, Odessa Riley, David McAtee’s grandmother, said she was planning her second funeral in three months—and couldn’t talk for long.

“Everybody’s on their way over,” Riley told The Daily Beast. “The family’s on their way over, the funeral home people are on their way over. Today is a bad day.”

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