Louisville police chief fired following fatal shooting of black business owner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s police chief was fired Monday after the mayor learned that officers involved in a shooting that killed the popular owner of a barbecue spot failed to activate body cameras during the chaotic scene.

David McAtee, known for offering meals to police officers, died early Monday while police officers and National Guard soldiers were enforcing a curfew amid waves of protests over a previous police shooting in Kentucky’s largest city. Police said they were responding to gunfire from a crowd.

The US attorney said federal authorities will join state police in investigating the fatal shooting.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer revealed that authorities lacked body camera video for the investigation just hours after Kentucky’s governor demanded the release of police video.

“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.”

Gov. Andy Beshear later said the lack of body camera footage was unacceptable.

“This is the entire reason that we have those cameras,” the Democratic governor said at the state Capitol in Frankfort. “And every other officers’ cameras should be reviewed, and if they captured any part of the scene it ought to be released.”

Beshear authorized state police to independently investigate the shooting. He pledged the probe will be conducted in an “honest and transparent way that will not take months.”

US Attorney Russell Coleman announced that federal authorities will be part of the investigation.

“We understand this community’s need for answers and we will assess all the information, and will take any appropriate action that is warranted by the facts and the law.” Coleman’s office said.

The governor said he had counted on body camera footage to help determine “the truth in a way that spoke for itself, at a time when trust is difficult and people deserve to be able to see and evaluate.”

The shakeup at the top of the city’s police department came a month earlier than expected. Conrad had previously announced his resignation, which was to take effect at the end of June. Deputy Chief Robert Schroeder will step in immediately as chief, Fischer said.

The mayor also said the city’s curfew was being extended until June 8.

Police did retrieve video from crime center cameras that showed how the shooting unfolded, Schroeder said.

“It is taken from a distance, but it gives an overview of the scene and clearly shows the officers reacting to gunfire,” he said.

Two Louisville officers and two Guard soldiers returned fire, he said. The two officers violated policy by not wearing or activating body cameras, Schroeder said, adding they have been placed on administrative leave.

McAtee, whose YaYa’s BBQ Shack is near where the shooting occurred, was mourned by hundreds of people who returned to the site hours afterward.

Christopher 2X, an anti-violence activist and executive director of the group Game Changers, said McAtee was well-liked.

“I’ve never known him to be aggressive in any kind of way,” he said.

Schroeder agreed that McAtee was friendly to police officers. “Over the years he’s been a good friend to the police officers … frequently making sure our officers had a good meal on their shifts,” he said.

Before his dismissal, Conrad confirmed the shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. Monday outside a food market on West Broadway, where police and the National Guard had been called to break up a group of people violating the city’s curfew.

Someone fired a shot at law enforcement officials, and both soldiers and officers returned fire, he said. Several “persons of interest” were being interviewed, he said.

News outlets showed video taken by someone in a car parked at a gas station. It recorded the sound of bullets being fired as groups of police and Guard soldiers crouched behind cars.

Kris Smith said he was at a restaurant — “just outside having a good time, having drinks, eating barbecue” — when the soldiers arrived.

“As soon as I walk to my car they jump out with the sticks, the police jump out with their sticks and their shields and stuff on,” Smith said. “It looked like something out of a movie. It looked like a freaking war zone.”

He heard a loud noise, and a few minutes later gunfire, he said.

Smith, who is black, said the group had nothing to do with the protests.

“Never thought I would experience that here in America,” he said.

Last week, before the National Guard was mobilized, seven people were wounded when gunshots erupted during a protest in downtown Louisville. Police said none of the seven, who are recovering, were shot by police. They have not announced any arrests.

Protesters have been demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in her home in Louisville in March. The 26-year-old EMT was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who knocked down her front door as they attempted to enforce a search warrant. No drugs were found in the home.

After Taylor’s death, the mayor said Louisville police would be required to wear body cameras. Fischer said recently that officers in plainclothes units like the one that served a warrant at Taylor’s home would now wear the cameras during search warrants.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, renewed her plea for peace Monday while demanding justice for her daughter.

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Amy Cooper FIRED for ‘racism’ after telling cops black man ‘threatened her life’ after he asked her to put dog on leash – The Sun

A WOMAN who called the cops falsely claiming that a black man threatened her life has been fired from her job.

Video filmed on Monday shows dog walker Amy Cooper in a row with avid birdwatcher Christian Cooper in Central Park, New York.


After being placed on administrative leave from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton earlier on Tuesday, the company has now made the decision to terminate her employment.

The company tweeted: "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately.

"We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton."

She has also returned her dog Henry to a rescue after she was seen forcefully holding him by the collar in the clip.

In the beginning of the minute-long video, Amy, 41, attempts to get a hold of her free-roaming dog as Christian, 57, asks her to place him on a leash.

Dogs are legally required to be leashed at all times in The Ramble, a protected wildlife area of the park commonly used by birdwatchers.

Despite this, Amy refused and a verbal confrontation quickly ensued, prompting him to film the encounter as she walked towards him.

"Please stop, sir I'm asking you to stop recording me," she demands in the clip.

"She adds: I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life.

Christian responds: "Please, tell them whatever you like."

Amy is then seen backing away from the man as she makes good on her threat to call 911.

"There's a man, an African-American, he's recording and threatening me and my dog," she is heard telling the cops.

She then raises her tone while on the phone with police as she pleaded for help to be sent as soon as possible.



Amy has now apologised over the incident after more than 11million viewers watched the video online.

She said: "I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family.

"It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who's seen that video, everyone that's been offended. Everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do."

In a statement, her employer Franklin Templeton said: "We take these matters very seriously and we do not condone racism of any kind.

"While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave."

And after viewers contacted Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue about the treatment of the pooch, the rescue center has since confirmed the dog has been returned.

In a post on Facebook, it said: "Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health."

The footage was shared online by Christian's sister HBO director Melody Cooper and quickly went viral – earning Amy the moniker "Central Park Karen".

Christian claimed in a Facebook post that he notified Amy of a sign that states dogs can't be walked in the Rambles of Central Park from 9am to 9pm because it's a protected wildlife area.

Christian claimed in his post Amy reasoned that she went to the Rambles since the park's dog runs are closed and her pet "needs his exercise".

Speaking on NBC, he said: "'If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings.

"The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash. At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess."

The NYPD confirmed a call came at around 8am but no report was filed and no arrests were made after the incident on Monday.

 

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Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea because he was too Patriots

The Dolphins offense wasn’t exactly fearsome last season, but the firing of Chad O’Shea was downright bizarre.

As detailed in the Miami Herald, head coach Brian Flores fired his offensive coordinator after just one season — in the middle of his exit meeting with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“O’Shea told Fitzpatrick to give him a minute, having no idea that Flores was about to fire him,” the Herald wrote. “When O’Shea came back from that meeting with Flores, O’Shea told Fitzpatrick that he had just been fired, and Fitzpatrick reacted with surprise. O’Shea was blindsided by the news.”

The abrupt ousting went down a day after their season-ending win that robbed the Patriots of their first-round bye.

According to players the Miami Herald spoke with, O’Shea — who served as the Patriots’ wide receivers coach for 10 years — “tried to run plays that were used in New England” with the inexperienced Miami roster, which turned out to be a “s–t show.”

“O’Shea tried to teach an offense that was too complex for a young team,” the Herald wrote. “That teaching/instruction during film study was a ‘disaster.’”

The Dolphins, who were accused of tanking for a higher draft pick last season, were among the youngest NFL rosters last season.

O’Shea’s unit had an abysmal start to the season and averaged 6.5 points through their first four games. They scored 20 points or fewer in six of their first seven games, but averaged 25.4 points through their final nine.

But O’Shea, 47, was hardly the sole culpable party behind their anemic offense in light of the limited quarterbacks — 2018 draft bust Josh Rosen and 37-year-old Fitzpatrick — he had at his disposal.

“The Patriots offense is considered complex, but a player said O’Shea made the situation worse by trying to install especially complicated, advanced elements of the Patriots offense that Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels used,” the Herald wrote. “O’Shea’s difficulty installing an offense that players fully understood — and his inexperience in the job as a first-time coordinator — led Fitzpatrick to take a more active role in running the offense, one player said. Fitzpatrick, with 15 years of NFL experience, had no major issues understanding the offense.”

Flores, who was previously the linebackers coach with the Patriots, hired former Cowboys and Bills head coach Chan Gailey, 68, to replace O’Shea.

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Donald Trump Got Fired From a Macy's Commercial, Director Reveals

Before he was President of the United States, Donald Trump was a sometimes actor. You saw him cameo as himself in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Zoolander and other movies. As the host of The Apprentice, his catch phrase was “You’re fired” but a director revealed that he once fried Trump from one of his acting gigs: a Macy’s commercial.

Barry Sonnenfeld has directed the movies Men in Black, Get Shorty, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values and more. Before that he was a cinematographer for Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Big and Misery among others. He also does commercial work and he told Marc Maron about letting Trump go from one commercial on the April 23 episode of Maron’s WTF Podcast.

Donald Trump co-starred with other celebrities in this Macy’s commercial

Sonnenfeld set the scene. A number of celebrities had tie-ins with Macy’s, so Trump was in an all-star TV spot.

Remember Macy’s used to have those commercials where there was Martha Stewart and Emeril. They were all in the Macy’s store and all that. I directed one of those. We rebuilt a Macy’s lobby. It starts with Martha and Emeril and Usher and everyone who has some sort of thing at Macy’s. We do a massive pullback with a big technocrane and it ends with Donald Trump and three little kids sitting at the children’s table. Trump says, ‘How did I get here?’

Donald Trump refused to do the closeup

Sonnenfeld has directed Will Smith, John Travolta, Angelica Huston, Robin Williams, etc. Trump was the one who refused his direction.

I go, ‘All right, Donald, we just have to do a punch in for acloseup of you and then you’re out of here.’ And Trump said, ‘Well, you’re not shooting me from that angle. That’s not my good side. You’ve got to come around to the other side.’ I said, ‘Well, Donald, I can’t. You’ll be looking the wrong way. I have to shoot your closeup from here.’ He said, ‘Either figure out where you can put the camera where you’re seing my good side or I am out of here.’

Barry Sonnenfeld stood up to Donald Trump

Sonnenfeld estimated this commercial was about 12 years ago, when Trump was already used to getting what he wanted in business and on camera. Sonnenfeld didn’t play that game.

“I said, ‘Okay, well, thanks for coming. We’re good. We don’t need the closeup. You can go,’” Sonnenfeld said. “He said, ‘You’re not going to get a closeup of Donald Trump?’ I said, ‘No, well, I can’t because I’ve got to shoot it from here but you won’t let me and you want me to shoot it from here but that doesn’t work. Don’t worry, we’re good. Go. Go, go.’ I said, ‘Come on, guys, we’re over here, we’re shooting a closeup of Martha.’

When he was ready for his closeup, it was too late

Funny epilogue to that story: It turned out Trump still wanted his closeup.

“20 minutes later, tap on my shoulder, Donald Trump saying, ‘All right, you can shoot me from my bad side,’” Sonnenfeld said. “I said, ‘No, we moved on, Donald. Go home. I thought you left 20 minutes ago.’ That’s the way you have to treat bullies and no one in Hollywood knows that. Just tell them the truth.” 

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Amazon employee fired after coronavirus walkout says company is lying about cases

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Ex-Amazon employee Chris Smalls was fired last week after he organized a small walkout at the company's Staten Island, New York, warehouse, but he was back Monday to demand the facility be closed down after employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Smalls called his firing "retaliation" and said Amazon has not kept the public — or employees — up to date on how many employees at the warehouse have tested positive.

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"There’s 10-plus cases in that building unknown to the public," Smalls told FOX Business last week.

An Amazon spokesperson said last week that Smalls was terminated for "violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk," including by coming on site for last week's walkout. He came in contact with a coworker who tested positive for coronavirus in March and was asked to stay home, but Smalls said he had much less contact with that coworker than some of his fellow employees.

Amazon employee Chris Smalls holds a protest and walkout over conditions at the company’s Staten Island distribution facility on March 30, 2020, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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The Amazon employees are not unionized but are receiving the support of groups including the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

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"Amazon workers are speaking out across the globe because they need a real seat at the table in expressing their concerns," RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement after Monday's demonstration. "It took an 11-day strike for workers at one fulfillment center in Italy to win increased daily breaks, a detailed agreement on cleaning and sanitizing practices at the facility, and staggered break times and working distances."

"We demand that Amazon, at a minimum, listen to their own employees’ voices and make appropriate policy changes," Appelbaum said.

A coalition of unions including the AFL-CIO and RWDSU called for Smalls' "swift reinstatement" at Amazon in a letter last week.

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"These accusations are simply unfounded," an Amazon spokesperson said in response to the letter last week. "Nothing is more important than the safety of our teams."

The spokesperson added that Amazon has "implemented a broad suite of new benefits changes for employees in our operations and logistics network throughout this unprecedented pandemic" including an additional $2 for hourly pay, double-overtime pay and two weeks of paid time-off for employees who self-quarantine.

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