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OIR still working on report nearly two years after officer-involved shooting death
By André Coleman 03/04/2014
Nearly two years since the incident, the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review has yet to submit a final report on the officer-involved shooting death of 19-year old Kendrec McDade.
According to Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra, the department received a copy of the report in draft form some time last month with a request for more information about McDade’s shooting. The OIR has submitted several draft versions, but has yet to issue a final report.
“The Police Department was supplied with a draft for review,” said Ibarra, who declined to say what the report concluded or what other information was being sought.
“Additionally,” Ibarra said, “they received supplemental information which we have been continually supplying, including recent information in the last couple of weeks.”
McDade was killed March 24, 2012 after Pasadena police Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Mathew Griffin responded to a 911 call made by Oscar Carrillo-Gonzales. Carrillo-Gonzales claimed he was held up at gunpoint by two African-American men while near a taco truck in Northwest Pasadena. Police say the call put the officers on high alert when they chased the unarmed McDade briefly before shooting and killing him on the corner of Orange Grove Boulevard and Sunset Avenue, near his father’s home.
In December 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified. “The actions of McDade during the pursuit in conjunction with the information known to the officers at the time of the shooting reasonably created a fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury,” Deputy District Attorney. Deborah A. Delport wrote. “Once the officers perceived that McDade posed an apparent lethal threat their response with deadly force was justified.”
In that report, prosecutors said McDade kept his hand in his pants during the pursuit, and inexplicably turned and ran toward the officers at the conclusion of the pursuit, prompting the officers to open fire.
The two officers involved have also been cleared by the department. However, along with OIR, the FBI is also still investigating the incident.
In addition, McDade’s parents have filed separate federal lawsuits against the city of Pasadena, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, Newlen, Griffin and Carrillo-Gonzales.
Carrillo-Gonzalez later pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two misdemeanor charges of making false reports to police and to a 911 dispatcher.
Ibarra said she did not know the OIR’s timetable for completion regarding its investigation. OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco did not return calls for comment.
OIR is a civilian oversight group that was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2001 to monitor the Sheriff’s Department and provide legal advice to ensure that allegations of misconduct involving deputies are thoroughly and fairly investigated. The group investigates police-related matters when asked to do so by other law enforcement agencies.
“We are hoping with the additional information they requested they can have a more comprehensive analysis,” Ibarra said.