Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Six and a half years after shooting 19-year-old Michael Newby in the back and killing him, former LMPD officer Mckenzie Mattingly has a new job, as a patrol officer with the Bardstown police.
Christopher 2X, the spokesperson for Michael's family says at first his parents Gerry and Angela Bougess had mixed feelings about the news.
"At some point they knew they had no power to control where Mckensie Mattingly would be gainfully employed. Whether it was through another police department or some connection with law enforcement," says Christopher 2X.
Newby was killed during an attempted undercover drug buy in West Louisville January of 2004. Police say Mattingly and Newby struggled and when Newby broke away and fled, Mattingly fired his weapon hitting him in the back three times and killing him. His death touched off a series of protests by civil rights activists, some even turning violent.
Mattingly was acquitted by a Jefferson County jury and even sued to get his job back.
That lawsuit was settled in 2005.
Fast forward to last month, and this letter reveals Mattingly reaching out to Newby's family requesting a meeting.
"He was asked to meet with them and have a conversation with them about what happened that night January 2004," says Christopher 2X.
Christopher 2X was at one of the initial meetings to work out details.
A final meeting has not yet been set but the family, especially Newby's mother, is hopeful a face to face will finally put the past to rest.
"She fully doesn't know what she's gonna ask him. But he wants to tell her something and she is very interested in what he has to say," says Christopher 2X.