Probe Begins in Pasadena Police Shooting

Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed by officers on March 24 when police responded to a 911 call about an armed robbery.

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    The FBI is being asked to join the list of agencies investigating the killing of Kendrec McDade. He's the 19-year-old who was shot to death nearly two weeks ago by Pasadena police. Beverly White reports from Pasadena. (Published Friday, April 6, 2012)

    Pasadena's police chief is inviting the FBI to investigate the death of a college student who was shot and killed by officers last month.

    Chief Phillip Sanchez says the FBI would add another independent review to the investigation of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade's March 24 death.

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    Michael Gennaco of the L.A. County Office of Independent Review says he wants a thorough investigation into the shooting death of 19-year-old Kendric McDade, who was unarmed when a cop shot him from a patrol car. A meeting between Gennaco and Pasadena police began the investigation. Beverly White reports. (Published Thursday, April 5, 2012)

    Sanchez's invitation comes days after McDade's parents sued police, saying his death was part of a pattern of Pasadena police killing black people.

    Officers say a 911 caller led them to believe McDade was an armed robbery suspect when they opened fire. He was unarmed.

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    FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the bureau is investigating to determine whether a violation of federal civil rights was a factor.

    Eimiller says the FBI routinely assesses incidents where questions of civil rights violations are raised.

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    Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez says he was in shock when he called police to report being robbed at his car in Pasadena last month. A couple days later, Carrillo-Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter after police said his misinformation that the suspects were armed led to the shooting death of one of the men. Carrillo-Gonzalez says he thought they had guns, and now faces deportation. Antonio Castelan reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 30, 2015)

    Pasadena police are already subjecting themselves to outside scrutiny, beginning the probe Thursday when police and city officials met with third-party investigators.

    Chief  Sanchez and City Manager Michael Beck met with officials from the L.A. County Office of Independent Review, who said they want a thorough investigation into the fatal shooting that has sparked community outrage.

    “Everything raised publicly or will be raised in the future are things that we’ll be looking at,” said Michael Gennaco, with the Office of Independent Review. “We’re going to do a top to bottom analysis of the incident."

    “It’s important for the public to eventually learn the whole story, " Gennaco said.

    The 911 caller, Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, later admitted that he lied about the gun. Carrillo-Gonzalez was booked for involuntary manslaughter, but the District Attorney declined to press charges. He is now being monitored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    While the 911 caller’s arrest appeared to be unprecedented, the hazy reports that surround the deadly incident, which had no witnesses and was not recorded, are not as unusual.

    “Wrong or misunderstood facts or mistakes are not that unusual in critical incidents where there’s a great deal of urgency,” said Robert Miller with the Office of Independent Review. “So, this is not completely unknown territory for us.”

    The officers involved in the shooting – identified as Jeffery Newlen and Matthew Griffin – are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

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