Internal review backs officers in Kendrec McDade death

Joe Piasecki (Los Angeles Times) | March 21, 2013

The two Pasadena police officers who fatally shot unarmed Azusa college student Kendrec McDade during a robbery investigation a year ago acted “within departmental policy,” an internal review of the incident has determined.

Findings of the Pasadena police administrative review board were announced in a brief statement Wednesday.

Pasadena officers Jeffrey Newlen and Matthew Griffin shot McDade, 19, during a March 24, 2012, police pursuit that ended near the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Sunset Avenue.

Newlen and Griffin were responding to an 11:04 p.m. report that two men were fleeing the scene of an armed robbery on Orange Grove when they spotted McDade running near Orange Grove and Fair Oaks Avenue, according to findings of the district attorney’s office probe.

Oscar Carrillo, who told 911 dispatchers eight times that the assailants had threatened him with guns, later admitted to lying about the weapons in order to generate a faster police response.

McDade was clutching at his waistband during the chase, then turned and charged toward Newlen and Griffin, the officers told district attorney’s office investigators.

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