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One dead in Louisville after police and national guard ‘return fire’ on protesters

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, local CBS obtains footage of the scene where a man was killed during return fire between National Guard/MPs and rioting crowds.

One person is dead in Louisville, KY after the police and the National Guard returned fire with rioters. This was reported by NBC within the last few hours. Louisville authorities have yet to reveal who it was that was fatally shot during these events. Photo evidence shows the image of military police standing guard across a street in Louisville. 

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Recent developments of the story have identified the man who was shot at 26th and Broadway in Louisville, KY. Wave 3 News NBC reported that the fire exchanged between the crowd and the National Guard killed David McAtee. Mr. McAtee’s body was reported still at the scene of his death as of 10:45am. The Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer arrived at the scene 15 minutes later at 11 am. 

Mr. McAtee’s family stated that he was likely not involved directly in the protests. This would have meant that he was killed in the crossfire. Louisville Courier Journal USA Today reports that the Kentucky governor has announced an investigation into Mr. McAtee’s death following these events. It is unclear at this moment to what degree McAtee’s death will reflect upon the already heated racial tensions that surround the George Floyd inspired protests. The protests in Louisville were directly prompted by the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.   Breonna Taylor, age 26 at the time of passing, was shot in her home by police in March, see NBC. 

Louisville Courier Journal reported that Mayor Conrad has called this a “very difficult four days in Louisville.

“What is clear from what we’ve seen – from peaceful protesters to those who have shot at and assaulted officers – is that many people in our community do not trust the police. That’s an issue that’s going to take us a long time to work through. Once again tonight, we saw peaceful protest turn to destruction. We moved quickly to disperse crowds,” said Conrad, as quoted by USA Today. 

The Louisville Metro Police Department and the National Guard members returned fire at the scene of riots congregated in a parking lot at 12:15am on June 1. Initially, there was a use of non-lethal force as the National Guard was attempting to disperse the crowd. Then the crowd fired upon the National Guard. This is citing Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. 

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

As rioting continues to escalate at the scene of what appears to have begun as peaceful protesting, the U.S. President Donald Trump maintains that the ANTIFA organization is stirring the trouble. 

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“I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA Organization. It seems that the first time we saw it in a major way was Occupy Wall Street. It’s the same mindset.” @kilmeade  @foxandfriends  TRUE!,” said Mr. Trump in a tweet that was posted at 7:20am on June 1. 

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