Thinning the list
Federal judge removes controversial Pasadena detective from McDade lawsuit
By André Coleman 11/21/2012
A controversial Pasadena detective has been removed from the second of two federal civil rights lawsuits filed by the parents of 19-year-old Kendric McDade, an unarmed man shot to death in March by two Pasadena police officers following a short foot pursuit through a Northwest Pasadena neighborhood.
US District Judge Dolly Gee last week removed Det. Keith Gomez, currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department in an unrelated case, from the lawsuit filed by McDade’s father, Kenneth McDade, according to Pasadena City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris.
Gomez was not directly involved in the McDade shooting death, but was one of the detectives to investigate the immediate aftermath of that incident.
The younger McDade was shot eight times by Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Matthew Griffin shortly before 11 p.m. March 24, near the corner of Sunset Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard.
Remaining as defendants in both lawsuits are the city, Chief Philip Sanchez, Newlen and Griffin.
According to Bagneris, Kenneth McDade’s attorney, Caree Harper, has until Wednesday to show Judge Gee why Gomez should remain part of the case.
Gomez, along with Lt. Phlunte Riddle, was recently removed from a separate lawsuit filed by McDade’s mother, Anya Slaughter. Riddle was also named in Kenneth McDade’s suit, but was also dropped by Gee.
Gomez is currently under investigation by the sheriff’s Department in relation to allegations that he falsified evidence and lied on the witness stand in the case of Jamaul Harvey, who was acquitted of the 2006 fatal shooting of Tommie Evans. Harvey told the Weekly Gomez visited his home and threatened to kill him shortly before he was arrested for that crime. Two alternate jurors in the case told Harvey’s lawyer they believed Gomez was being dishonest in his testimony fingering Harvey for Evans’ murder.