Louisville Police chief fired after protester's death

Louisville Police chief fired after protester's death

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Washington, June 2 : Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Tuesday announced the sacking of the police chief of Louisville after law enforcement officials fatally shot an anti-police brutality and racism protester. On Monday night, city police and the National Guard officers started to disperse a crowd of protesters that gathered at a store parking in Louisville.

Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Chief Steve Conrad said that police personnel had to shoot after they came under fire from the unruly crowd. One person, David McAtee, was killed as a result of the shooting. Governor of the Kentucky state Andy Beshear has asked authorities to conduct a proper investigation into the incident.

Sputnik quoted Fischer announcing the decision to relieve Conrad of his duties and calling the incident an 'institutional failure'. Apart from Conrad's sacking the mayor announced that the two city police personnel who fired their weapons in this shooting have been given administrative leave because they either failed to turn on their body cameras or wear them which is a violation of police rules. Protests in Kentucky are a part of the widespread unrest over the May 25 killing of George Floyd, an African American man who was allegedly killed by a police officer while handcuffed and in custody. (UNI)