Trayvon Martin, Anthony Dunn now it’s Kendrec McDade
Another senseless killing of a Black man has spurred protests, rallies, and calls for justice … this time in Pasadena, California. The fatal shooting of Kendrec McDade by Pasadena police officers has been likened to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Coast to coast killings, protests and investigations.
This is how the story unfolded. Police received a 9-1-1 call from an individual who purported to be robbed by two men. The caller–unknown at the time–was Oscar Carrillo, who said he was parked beside a truck. The men who robbed him, he reported to the dispatcher, were armed. That apparently set the scene for a police hunt for two armed suspects. The officers arrived on the scene and what followed was the killing of Kendrec McDade.
According to the report, the two officers who arrived on the scene believed they would be confronting two armed men who just robbed Carillo The officers claimed that McDade was reaching for a gun and they opened fire killing him. No weapon was found on McDade.
It appeared that Carrillo, the 911 caller, later changed his story, admitting he lied about the guns in order to get the police to respond more quickly, and according to the police chief, that lie may have cause the death of McDade.
Carrillo has since been arrested for lying to the police.
Though Carrillo was arrested at the behest of Attorney Caree Harper, McDade’s family attorney, for filing a false police report, last Tuesday, the Sentinel learned that the district attorney’s office has tentatively rejected a request by police department to file an involuntary manslaughter charge against Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez in the McDade shooting. And that has likened the killing of McDade in Pasadena to the killing of Anthony Dunn in Boyle Heights, East L.A. last February. (See L.A. Sentinel 3-29-12).
Several protests have taken place in Pasadena and Los Angeles for both McDade and Martin, and at one community meeting held at the New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church last Saturday, Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez met with residents to answer questions about the ongoing investigation. On hand there were McDade’s grandmother and his uncle, Kevin McDade, who said, “I want the Pasadena Police to quit trying to cover up the real situation.” Other city officials included Mayor Bill Bogaard; City Manager Micael Beck; and Council-members Jacque Robinson, Chris Holden, and Victor Gordo.
According to Harper, the officers who were involved in the shooting were Matthew Griffin and Jeffrey Newlen, but Chief Sanchez would not confirm their identities.
Since the incident has occurred, the Pasadena NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Attorney Harper have called for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Though the the L.A. County Office of Independent Review has been called on to investigate the officer-involved shooting Harper stated it would be like having the “foxes guarding the henhouse.”
McDade’s mother, Anya Slaughter, said she remains in “total shock and devastation” over her son’s death and “I want justice and my son’s name” returned to him, she said.
Late Tuesday, the Sentinel received the following memo from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): OSCAR CARRILLO-GONZALES is Carrillo full name) “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer against Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez on March 28 following his incarceration at the Pasadena City Jail. A check of ICE’s databases revealed that Carrillo was previously removed from the United States to Mexico in April 2006. ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes efforts to identify and remove criminal aliens who pose a public safety risk as well as individuals who exploit our immigration system, such as immigration fugitives and others who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States.
On Tuesday, McDade’s mother and father filed a lawsuit for Wrongful Death, Unlawful Custom Practices & Policies and Civil Rights, etc… in the U.S. District Court against the city of Pasadena, its police chief and the two officers.
The story continues …