Last week we told you about the shooting death of 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade who was shot and killed by the Pasadena PD last month. After questions surfaced about the shooting, the FBI has decided to take a look into the case to see whether or not the police violated McDade’s rights.
McDade was shot and killed on March 24 after being pursued by the police for an alleged robbery. After Oscar Carrillo told 911 operators he was robbed at gunpoint by two men, they spotted McDade and a friend and began chasing them. During the chase, police claim they thought McDade reached for his waistband and they shot him multiple times.
After the shooting and subsequent investigation that found that McDade didn’t have a weapon or the stolen laptop Carrillo claims the pair took from his car, police arrested Carrillo and charged him with Involuntary Manslaughter after he admitted that he lied to the 911 operator about McDade and his friend having a gun. Now, a new witness has come forward claiming police never identified themselves as they chased McDade and his 17-year-old friend.
Anthony Carroll, 20, told the Pasadena Star-News: “I thought it was a drug deal gone bad, that’s how quiet it was,” Carroll said. “I didn’t hear a siren until the shooting happened.”
McDade’s family urged federal officials to take a look at his case and have filed a lawsuit against the Pasadena PD for, what they call, a pattern of abuse stemming from several officer-involved shootings.
Responding to community outrage, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez also invited federal officials to investigate McDade’s death, which is also being reviewed by the LA County District Attorney’s office and the LA County Office of Independent Review.