Called into question

Called into question

Kennedy says constituents want answers about police chief’s involvement in shootings   

By André Coleman 11/20/2013

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Pasadena City Councilman John Kennedy said residents in his district are calling for more answers regarding Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez’s involvement in five nonfatal officer-involved shootings that happened when Sanchez worked as a police officer in Santa Monica.
“All I can tell them is that I didn’t know,” Kennedy said. The council’s Public Safety Committee, he said, “is in a position to at least ask about these incidents under the leadership of our chair, Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson.” Kennedy also sits on that committee, which did not discuss the issue at its meeting Monday.
Kennedy and Sanchez were scheduled to appear together on Wednesday at a District 3 town hall meeting at the Jackie Robinson Center in Northwest Pasadena. 
The two have been at odds for several months over civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department. Kennedy wants a study to determine if such a committee is feasible. Sanchez is happy with the current structure, which calls for oversight to be performed by the Public Safety Committee. 
Sanchez’s involvement in the shootings was the focus of a 23-minute video clip posted on YouTube last week just hours after Sanchez had completed a five-hour long deposition. Sanchez was questioned by two attorneys regarding the March 2012 officer-involved shooting of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after a man falsely told police that McDade had robbed him at gunpoint. McDade’s parents have filed separate lawsuits against the city, both claiming wrongful death.
“Each of them was investigated and I was cleared in administrative reviews and by the District Attorney’s Office,” Sanchez told the Weekly of the shootings in which he was involved. “I was exonerated every time and the force was deemed appropriate. Each of the suspects was a high-profile, dangerous criminal.”
Sanchez said he responded to the questions without any documents and that the deposition was posted on YouTube before a transcript of the video deposition was returned for his review.
Sanchez was twice award the Medal of Courage for separate incidents that occurred during his time in Santa Monica. 
In one case, while on patrol he noticed two masked men herding several restaurant employees into a back room and rushed to their aid and managed to arrest the two suspects without firing any shots. In a second incident, he saved his partner’s life after his partner was shot in the chest while they were serving a search warrant to a suspect.
“You don’t go home the same person, no matter how many investigations you go through,” Sanchez said. “I don’t think any police officer wakes up in the morning and says I am going to go have a shooting today.”
Kennedy said the community needs to hear from Sanchez about those shooting incidents.
“What we have learned over the last several days causes reasons to inquire further and I think that is natural for elected representatives as well as the community,” Kennedy said. “Some answers must come to the community.”


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The Chief says: “I don’t think any police officer wakes up in the morning and says I am going to go have a shooting today.”

Self-imposed guilelessness is an affliction no law officer should entertain, especially since badge-danglers are eight times more likely than terrorists to kill the average American resident.

So now we know why Chief Sanchez hasn't pursued any murder allegation against "one of his own," and that's because the institutional "loyalty" of his emotional hardwire will always short-circuit any LE training he's achieved as an investigator.


posted by DanD on 11/21/13 @ 02:26 p.m.

Well first of all Dan, its up to the D.A. investigators to prove that there was any wrong doing for the purposes of filing criminal charges against any police officer involved in a deadly shooting, not a chief. I would also like to know just how many of Kennedy's so called residents are really calling demanding answers. I'm sure the answer is zero.

posted by russmen626 on 11/22/13 @ 08:44 p.m.

Kennedy is a joke. He's never had a job and he knows zero about what the police do. His stint with Jerry Oliver was a payback by Oliver for some underhanded crap they pulled. He was never a sworn officer, was considered a joke by the police department in Virginia and had no authority over anything there. He was sent packing after a few months and came crawling back to pasadena to the "pander bears" for more handouts as he continues to do nothing to earn a living. He's an idiot. Ask him about the "young man" who was "accidentally" shot in a car with Kennedy in Pasadena in the 90's and what motivated that....

posted by Harry Simon on 11/23/13 @ 12:40 a.m.

Well russmen626, this is why the LE establishment really shouldn't be the only (or even primary) institution investigating its own criminal conduct ... the DA mostly works from what the cops give him. They don't call it a Blue-Wall-of-Silence for nothing.

Even so, LE corruption breeds among itself even deep into a DA's office.

Just different breeds of wolf protecting the civil henhouse.


posted by DanD on 11/23/13 @ 03:36 a.m.
posted by DanD on 11/23/13 @ 08:30 a.m.

Council member Kennedy is actually pretty moderate and restrained compared to some on these issues. Anyone who thinks the folks in his district are not asking questions, has not been up here lately. As for the character assassination, that is all old news and irrelevant to the issues at hand. Kennedy must be hitting the nail on the head.

posted by Vivavilla on 11/23/13 @ 07:34 p.m.

Hey Viva, just speaking the truth. He has no character to assassinate. He's an idiot and anyone who has had any real experience with him knows that. Sorry if that offends your delicate sensibilities but pasadena politics are historically full of those with their hands out but do nothing but make noise about issues in the "NW" as if it's everybody else's fault. Kennedy came back to do just that. He has no business making decisions about anything significant. Zero work experience, has earned nothing and has had everything given to him by making noise. Not interested in what he finds "concerning".

posted by Harry Simon on 11/23/13 @ 11:57 p.m.

Funny how things 25-30 years ago don't matter when the subject person is African American....

posted by Paul G on 11/24/13 @ 08:21 a.m.

Dan, pull the tin-foil off your head.

posted by russmen626 on 11/24/13 @ 08:12 p.m.

DanD, you're an idiot. Enough said.

posted by Maggie Tee on 11/25/13 @ 08:11 a.m.

"Kennedy says constituents want answers about police chief's involvement in shootings."

Hey, John Kennedy, as a constituent and in the interest of transparency I would like some answers about your involvement in shootings from the past. In fact, your last shooting may be more recent than the police chief's last shooting. So, John, what did happen the fateful day when you were sitting in the car with the 20 year-old young man? Why did you have a gun in the car? Why did you pull it out? What caused it to discharge with the projectile impacting so dangerously close to the boy's manhood? Ouch! Double ouch!

And speaking of transparency, John, how about telling your constituents a little about you. I, for one, would like to know your job history over the past 25 years. What has been the source of your income. Is your wife independently wealthy? Actually, do you even have a wife? What is your family status. Transparency, John. These are what your constituents want to know about you.

Kennedy, you're fast becoming a joke on the city council. The only reason you were elected is because of the other two contenders during the election one was determined to have lied about his identity, criminal background and educational accomplishments, and the other lied about his district resident status.

posted by Maggie Tee on 11/25/13 @ 08:49 a.m.

John, we will give a couple of minutes to reply. In fact why not contact Kevin here at the Weekly and have them write an article about your past. Specifically, the questions posed by Maggie. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Looking forward to reading the answers.

posted by Harry Simon on 11/25/13 @ 08:58 p.m.

John? John? We're waiting….

posted by russmen626 on 11/25/13 @ 09:41 p.m.

Andre, where is your journalistic integrity? Why don't you find out the answers to these questions? You know he's full of sh!t. I thought that was your job.

posted by Harry Simon on 11/25/13 @ 10:31 p.m.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, inquiring minds want to know. C'mon Andre, do the research and write the story. Let's see if the Weekly has the balls.

posted by Paul G on 11/26/13 @ 05:08 p.m.
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