Ex-Kentucky officer indicted in deadly curfew crackdown

Mar 16, 2022, 3:24 PM | Updated: 3:35 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge for firing pepper balls during an aggressive 2020 curfew crackdown that led to the death of a barbecue cook.

Former Louisville Police officer Katie Crews was with a large group of Louisville officers and Kentucky National Guard members who went to David McAtee’s eatery, YaYa’s BBQ, to enforce a citywide curfew just after midnight on June 1, 2020. McAtee’s kitchen was besieged by pepper balls fired by officers outside. McAtee stepped out of his kitchen with a handgun and fired two shots and was then fatally shot by a National Guard member working the curfew detail.

The city was under curfew due to street protests that erupted in late May of that year after details in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor came to light. McAtee was cooking miles away from the downtown demonstrations when authorities arrived at his business.

Crews and another officer who fired that night did not turn on their body cameras, which prompted the firing of former Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad.

The U.S. Justice Department indicted Crews on a single charge of using unreasonable force. Pepperballs fired by the officer struck and injured a person identified as “M.M.” who was standing on private property and did not pose a threat, the indictment says.

Crews, 29, and other law enforcement were sued by McAtee’s family in 2020. The still-unresolved suit said McAtee believed he was under attack and fired back in self-defense. Surveillance video released by police shows pepper balls whizzing into the kitchen and striking objects. The lawsuit contends that McAtee’s niece, Machelle McAtee, was near the kitchen and was struck by the balls.

If convicted, Crews, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, would face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Louisville police told news outlets that Crews was fired in February.

The indictment follows the recent federal conviction of another Louisville officer in connection with the racial injustice protests of 2020.

Cory P. Evans was sentenced to two years in prison in February for striking a kneeling protester in the back of the head with a riot stick.

The Justice Department has been investigating the Louisville police department since last year.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquart...
Associated Press

Asian stocks sink on German inflation, British tax cuts

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank again Friday after German inflation spiked higher, British Prime Minister Liz Truss defended a tax-cut plan that rattled investors and Chinese factory activity weakened. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Oil prices edged lower. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index fell 2.1% on Thursday to its lowest level […]
23 hours ago
FILE - Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba participates in a forum about the challenges Mississippi's capi...
Associated Press

Water crisis tests Mississippi mayor who started as activist

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi’s capital was 5 years old when his parents moved their family from New York to Jackson in 1988 so that his father, who had been involved in a Black nationalist movement in the 1970s, could return to the unfinished business of challenging inequity and fighting racial injustice. […]
23 hours ago
Residents check on one another in a flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursda...
Associated Press

After Ian, the effects in southwest Florida are everywhere

Hurricane Ian was over southwest Florida for only a few hours. It will take months to clean up all the damage. Maybe longer. And some of the destruction can’t be cleaned up at all. From trees getting ripped out of the ground to signs being ripped apart, traffic lights crashing onto roadways and some buildings […]
23 hours ago
In this image made from video, James Burdette speaks during an interview on Thursday, Sept. 29, 202...
Associated Press

At a Florida trailer park, survivors speak of Ian’s wrath

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — When Ian’s winds swept into this Gulf coast trailer park, they howled with such force that residents felt they would be lifted off the ground, even blown away. Now many homes in this community in North Fort Myers are crumpled and splintered. Hurricane Ian pulled, twisted and bent their […]
23 hours ago
Hurricane warning flags fly in front of the fire station and town hall as the effects from Hurrican...
Associated Press

Hurricane Ian heads for Carolinas after pounding Florida

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A revived Hurricane Ian set its sights on South Carolina’s coast Friday and the historic city of Charleston, with forecasters predicting a storm surge and floods after the megastorm caused catastrophic damage in Florida and left people trapped in their homes. With all of South Carolina’s coast under a hurricane warning, […]
23 hours ago
Georgia Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams speaks at a campaign event on Friday, Sept....
Associated Press

Stacey Abrams looks to win Black men in bid for Ga. governor

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams was on stage for an hour with radio and television host Charlamagne tha God and rapper 21 Savage when she faced a question from a skeptical audience member. “A lot of politicians speak about their plan and what they plan to do, but I also notice that I never […]
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
Ex-Kentucky officer indicted in deadly curfew crackdown