911 caller arrested in deadly police shooting in Pasadena

Greg Risling (Associated Press) | March 29, 2012

PASADENA – Oscar Carrillo’s 911 call was clear: Two young men just robbed him of his computer and backpack. At least one of them had a gun and it was pointed in Carrillo’s face.

Moments later, police caught up with two teens they believed were the thieves in a Pasadena alleyway. When one of them, Kendrec McDade, made a move at his waistband, an officer opened fire, killing the 19-year-old college student, authorities said.

No weapons or the stolen items have been found.

Now, police are laying part of the blame for the fatal shooting on Carrillo, who they say admitted that he lied about the men being armed so officers would respond faster. “The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

As the nation focuses on the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, the police shooting in Pasadena raises more questions about the role and responsibility of those who report or witness crimes.

While experts say it’s not uncommon for people to exaggerate the circumstances of a crime – especially if they are the victim – most are unaware about the importance of their role in an emergency response and the potential consequences.

“Lots of people’s lives are in jeopardy,” said Joseph Pollini, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “If you make a bogus call, you may be taking away from something where someone else’s life is in danger.”

Read more at: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20287989/911-caller-arrested-deadly-police-shooting-pasadena

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