Bad to worse
City Attorney contemplates charges as lawyer adds Carrillo Gonzalez to McDade wrongful death lawsuit
By André Coleman 01/01/2013
Pasadena City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris said she has not yet decided whether to file criminal charges against Oscar Carrillo Gonzalez, an undocumented worker who supplied false information to a 911 operator that set in motion a chain of events leading to police killing unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade.
“We are still reviewing the case,” Bagneris told the Weekly. “No decision has been made.”
Meanwhile, a federal lawsuit filed by McDade’s father, Kenneth, against the city of Pasadena, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Officers Matthew Griffin and Jeffrey Newlen, the two officers who fired eight shots at Kendrec McDade on March 24, was amended on Dec. 7 to include Carrillo Gonzalez, whose whereabouts are currently being monitored by an ankle bracelet.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on the night of the shooting, Carrillo Gonzalez mentioned the word “gun” to dispatch operators eight times in five minutes, claiming he had been threatened at gunpoint by two African Americans, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Police said Officers Griffin and Newlen rushed to the scene on Orange Grove Boulevard on heightened alert based on Carrillo Gonzalez’s description and began pursuing McDade, who was running away from the scene. That pursuit ended on nearby Sunset Avenue, where the officers, believing the teen was about to open fire, shot and killed McDade. Officers learned later that the teen was not armed. The scene of the shooting is a short distance from Kenneth McDade’s home, where Kendrec was staying that night.
Carrillo Gonzalez was later arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after he admitted to lying about the gun. His arrest raised a red flag for officials with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which had deported him to Mexico in 2006 for being in the country without proper documentation.
However, due to multiple investigations of the shooting, Carrillo Gonzalez was fitted with an ankle bracelet and remains in the country, prepared to provide authorities with information or testify.
While not ruling out filing charges at a later date, in October the District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him and turned the case over to the City Attorney’s Office.
“We don’t know how long it will be before we make a determination on the case,” Bagneris said.