David McAtee

David McAtee

died at a protest rally

In June 2020, the Kentucky National Guard, Louisville, fatally shot David McAtee, a 53-year-old African-American, while he was taking part in a protest against police violence caused by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The Louisville Police Department and the National Guard arrived in the area where the demonstrations were taking place to impose a curfew and disperse the crowd of people. Witnesses claim that soldiers and police, trying to enforce the curfew, drove the crowd into a dead end, thereby causing panic, as a result of which people scattered in different directions. According to officials, someone started shooting at the police officers, and they were forced to return fire. A bullet fired by a National Guard soldier hit McAtee in the chest, killing him on the spot.

The officers ‘ body cameras were turned off at the time of the shooting, which is a violation of department policy. In May 2021, the prosecutor announced that no state charges would be filed in connection with the man’s death, but the McAtee family said that they intended to continue fighting for justice in court.