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Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell reacts to law enforcement killing David McAtee in Louisville

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell expressed outrage after reports that authorities shot and killed David McAtee during protests in Louisville early Monday morning.

“RIP DAVID MCATEE!!!! ANOTHER UNARMED BLACK MAN HIS BODY LAID IN THE STREET FOR 8 HOURS!!!” the Jazz All-Star tweeted. 
Around 12:15 AM on Monday, Louisville police and the National Guard were breaking up a large crowd in the parking lot of Dino’s Food Mart, on 26th and Broadway, miles away from the downtown protests. After initial shots were fired, law enforcement authorities shot back, killing McAtee. No one else was injured in the shooting. It remains unclear who initiated the shooting, and if McAtee opened fire at any officers or involved at all.  Investigators are also yet to determine whether the parking lot gathering was comprised of protesters or customers, and whether there was a demonstration occurring in the Dino’s parking lot at all.

McAtee was a beloved community figure who operated YaYa’s BBQ right by Dino’s in the West End — one of the city’s busiest areas.

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the incident had not activated their body camera, and Fischer consequently fired police chief Steve Conrad on Monday. The city extended its nightly 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew to June 8.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear ordered state police to investigate the fatal shooting of McAtee by the LMPD and National Guard, adding that he wants footage from the incident to be released swiftly. He also called for complete transparency regarding the footage and the investigation.

McAtee’s death doesn’t come long after George Floyd’s death during police custody.

Mitchell played basketball for the University of Louisville in 2015-16 and 2016-17.