Last Call: Take a moment to remember David McAtee

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David McAtee was shot and killed early yesterday morning while Louisville police and the National Guard were attempting to break up a protest. It’s unclear who actually shot him because none of the police officers had activated their body cameras. Witnesses say he was trying to save the life of his niece, who had been caught in the crossfire. What is an undisputed fact is that the police left McAtee’s body in the street for 12 hours after he was shot.


McAtee was the owner of YaYa’s Barbecue, a popular barbecue stand at the corner where he was killed. He was known for feeding cops for free. But, as Anne Branigin writes on our sister site The Root, “What you need to know about McAtee, known by friends and neighbors as ‘YaYa’ or ‘Barbecue Man,’ is that he was deeply invested in his community—that he fed cops because he fed everyone in his pocket of western Louisville.”

We talk a lot on The Takeout about how food builds community, about how food can be the soul of a community. Take a few minutes to read Branigin’s essay about David McAtee. Then take another minute to think about David McAtee, what he meant to his corner of Louisville, and how now he is gone. What else is gone with him? How many other David McAtees have been killed by the endemic racism in this country? How much have we lost?

Aimee Levitt is associate editor of The Takeout.



I saw the video (it was splitscreen) and it first showed a bunch of people coming into a house, then some move faster and he’s shot as he’s entering the doorway (he was in kitchen offscreen then goes towards door, talking to someone outside?) then falls right there. I’m not sure but it looks like a girl is pointing to the floor and looks like it’s a gun? (2:32) It wasn’t there on the floor right before, he def. dropped it as he was shot. It was odd how kinda calm she seemed, as he’s a few feet away dying. But you can clearly see his friend in light blue shorts and white tee holding a gun.

Then the next part of the video appeared to be right before all this, he’s got like 5 or 6 drums of barbecue he’s working on, it appears he’s feeding people in the tent next to it, which makes it seems odd why police would think he’s involved with the shooting.

I’m not sure about the laws, but if cops see you holding a weapon, can they shot or does it need to be aimed as well?