Steve Conrad Must Lose His Pension

Steve Conrad Must Lose His Pension

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Chloe Trujillo started this petition to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and

Ex-Police Chief Steve Conrad was due to retire at the end of June, as he announced back in May amid the controversy surrounding the killing of Breonna Taylor.

However, on Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced his firing at an afternoon press conference, after it emerged that officers’ body cameras were turned off during an exchange of gunfire early Monday that left a local business owner dead. And he will still receive his pension and unused days off.

WE DEMAND THAT HE LOSES HIS PENSION!

McAtee, who is black, owned a nearby barbecue business that attracted a crowd of over 100 mourners during the day on Monday that the police had tried to break up. McAtee’s body remained on the scene for nearly 12 hours after his death.

U.S. Senate Candidate and State Rep. Charles Booker criticized city leaders for what he said was an “absolutely avoidable" death. “The decision to send an armed military force into the West End of Louisville is a clear escalation of an already tense situation,” Booker said. “I have not heard a reasonable explanation for why the National Guard was deployed to 26th and Broadway, or how their presence was intended to make our city any safer.”

Louisville Police has been required to wear body cameras since the killing of Breonna Taylor, who was shot in her own home in March by a group of officers who were serving a no-knock warrant. However, the two Louisville officers involved were either not wearing or didn’t activate their body cameras, and they have been placed on administrative leave. The city claims that other audio and video from the shootout will eventually be made public.

Conrad’s controversial tenure as police chief comes to an end after eight years in charge. While on the job, he was called out by critics for a variety of shortcomings, including a rise in violence in the city, allegations of racially biased policing, and a sexual abuse scandal within the department. Despite the firing, Fischer told reporters that Conrad will still receive his pension.

Source: NY Daily News, Mayor Fischer

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