Louisville police chief fired after fatal shooting of David McAtee

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFC(LOUISVILLE) — BY: ANTHONY RIVASA police chief has been fired and two officers are on administrative leave after a barbecue business owner in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky, was shot dead by law enforcement trying to enforce curfew amid protests over a previous police shooting, officials said.David McAtee, who owned YaYa’s BBQ, was shot and killed early Monday morning in the parking lot of Dino’s Food Mart on 26th and Broadway, where he normally set up his stand.Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement that the Louisville Metro Police Department and National Guard were dispatched to the lot to disperse a crowd when they were fired upon and subsequently returned fire, killing McAtee.Amid an investigation by state and local police, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he learned that the officers involved in the incident had not had their body cameras activated when the shooting occurred.“This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said. “Accordingly, I have relieved Steve Conrad of his duties as chief of Louisville Metro Police Department.”Fischer said Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder will be taking Conrad’s place.“The two officers that fired their weapons violated our policy by either not wearing or not activating their cameras,” Schroeder said. “That is completely unacceptable and there is no excuse… We will review the entire incident to determine if there are any other policy violations that occurred. I assure you we will follow up and there will be discipline for failing to utilize our cameras.”Schroeder said that there were two LMPD officers and two National Guardsmen involved in returning fire. The two LMPD officers, Katie Crews and Austin Allen, were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The National Guard will also conduct its own review on its members, he said.Although there were no body cameras, Schroeder said the police department will be releasing video of the incident from nearby cameras as well as the audio from police radio transmissions in an effort to increase transparency.McAtee’s mother, Odessa Riley, described him to the Courier-Journal as a “community pillar” who would feed police for free. Those who knew him told the publication he would often cook for community events as well.“David was a friend to many, well known, barbecue man,” Fischer said Monday. “[He] had nurtured so many people in their bellies, in their hearts before, and for him to be caught up in this and for him not to be with us today is a tragedy that is just hard to put into words.”McAtee’s death comes amid protests in Louisville for Breonna Taylor, a licensed EMT, who was shot eight times while sleeping in her home by police executing a “no-knock” search warrant on March 13.On Monday, Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker said “our community is hurting.”“This trauma never really seems to go away,” he said, addressing McAtee’s family and demanding justice and reforms that honor the lives of those who’ve been killed at the hands of police.Laying out plans for what they hope to change moving forward, Fischer acknowledged that it may be hard to believe reform will happen.“We are asking people to trust a process that they don’t trust,” he said. “And the roots of that mistrust are in the history of our country. I think that’s where again people need to have empathy for African American citizens when they say, ‘Well, just follow the process.’ The process hasn’t worked out so well. So I’m hoping that this new time of heightened awareness in our community — in our country — about these issues, we can address many of these issues.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Being a landlord

first_imgNot every Australian is comfortable with investing in shares and managed funds. They like the idea and the reality of owning property which they rent out to tenants. They get the rental income and they can calculate the capital gain from owning the property. However, when you rent a property your legal and financial status changes: you become a landlord, governed by state laws, and you become a businessperson, subject to the laws of contract. Because of this new status – and because you are owning and renting a large asset – I advise you to find a broker to source a landlord’s insurance policy. Every policy has different features, however, there are some basic coverages. Firstly, it covers you for the residential building itself, replacing the building in the event of a total loss or partial loss from all perils including fire and explosion, malicious damage, storm, rainwater and in some cases, flood. It also should cover a landlord’s fixtures and fittings. This replaces the landlord’s damaged contents, including carpets, light fittings etc. A good policy should cover all perils I mentioned above, but it’s in the definitions of the damage threat that – unless you know what you’re doing – you’ll need a broker to source the best policy. When you’re a landlord you must be covered for loss of rent. You need a policy that will pay for loss of rent if the premises become untenable. Likewise, you’ll need coverage for tenants’ rent default and theft. The policy will respond if a tenant defaults on the terms of the lease by way of not paying rent or being legally evicted from the property and a range of other contingencies. This type of insurance should include cover for malicious damage by tenants either after a tenant vacates or upon the landlord discovering damage caused by the tenant. You’ll notice that these insurances cover you and your asset as if they are a business, which is a good way to start looking at your investment property. It’s in these coverages that you’ll need a broker which will ensure that the wordings and therefore the coverages are sufficient to give you the cover you’re paying for. Finally, a good landlord’s insurance policy insures you for legal liability which covers the property owner for any bodily injury or damage to property caused by the owner’s negligence in relation to his ownership of the property. It’s one of those insurances you’d never think of yourself, but it’s important because if something is wrong with the property and it causes injury to a tenant, the tenant can sue the landlord. So, be insured and see a broker. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more