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FBI to launch civil rights inquiry into Pasadena teen's slaying

An FBI spokeswoman says the inquiry is being launched independently of a call by Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez for the agency to look into the police shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19.

April 07, 2012|By Richard Winton and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
  • Kendrec McDade, 19, was unarmed when he was shot and killed March 24 by two Pasadena police officers.
Kendrec McDade, 19, was unarmed when he was shot and killed March 24 by two…

The FBI announced Friday it will launch a civil rights inquiry into the fatal shooting of an unarmed college student by Pasadena police last month.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the inquiry is being launched independently of a call by Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez for the agency to look into the shooting of Kendrec McDade, 19.

McDade was shot by two Pasadena police officers shortly after they took the report of an armed robbery near Orange Grove Boulevard. McDade was a suspect in the robbery, according to police, but was unarmed at the time he died.

The Pasadena Police Department is conducting its own inquiry, as is the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the county's Office of Independent Review.

richard.winton@latimes.com

adolfo.flores@latimes.com

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