FBI will investigate police shooting that left unarmed black man Kendrec McDade dead

Pasadena Police Shooting

McDade Family File Photo

In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching toward his waistband, according to police.

FBI investigators will examine the Pasadena Police shooting of unarmed black man Kendrec McDade on a Saturday almost two weeks back. The shooting resulted from an emergency call about a robbery where the caller said the suspects were armed when they were not.

Now that the FBI’s involved, three agencies are examining the police shooting of 19-year-old McDade. The Los Angeles County district attorney and the county’s Office of Independent Review are each conducting their own probes.

A civil lawsuit his family filed this week alleges civil rights violations and claims the police department has a history of discrimination and excessive force against black men in Pasadena.

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said he wants complete transparency in these investigations.

“[The FBI] are going to make an assessment as to whether or not civil rights were violated," he said. "They’ll take a look at a very compressive investigation, and then ultimately decide what are the next best steps.”

Sanchez invited the FBI to investigate, but a representative of the federal agency said it’s kept watch on the case from early on.

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