Kendrec McDade’s father settles wrongful death lawsuit with Pasadena over son’s shooting

Lauren Gold (Pasadena Star-News) | June 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> Pasadena officials agreed Tuesday to pay an undisclosed amount of money to a man whose unarmed teenaged son was slain by police officers responding to reports of a robbery.

Kendrec McDade, 19, was gunned down on a poorly lit Pasadena street on March 24, 2012.

The settlement between the city and his father Kenneth McDade was announced in federal court by Judge Dolly Gee after a 15-minute closed conference in chambers.

The case had been scheduled to begin trial Tuesday.

“The McDade case settled late last night,” attorney Caree Harper posted on Twitter. “Appearances in court were to put the terms on the record.”

The terms were not disclosed. City officials, who said they reported in writing after a closed session last night, claimed the settlement needed to be “finalized.”

“We are still working on the terms of the settlement agreement,” City attorney Michelle Bagneris wrote in an email Tuesday.

McDade’s mother Anya Slaughter, who filed a separate lawsuit related to her son’s death,settled with the city on Friday.

The settlement amount for her settlement was also not disclosed. Slaughter’s attorney Dale Galipo did not respond to calls for comment.

Californians Aware head Terry Franke, an open government advocate, said the state’s open meeting law required the city to report out of closed session Monday night when it agreed to terms.

Pasadena NAACP President Gary Moody said a settlement was expected, but wouldn’t heal the wounds to the family or the community.

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