Little new information has surfaced lately about the Pasadena officer-involved shooting of unarmed black teen. Kendrec McDade. Police fired on McDade after an emergency caller falsely claimed he'd seen the teen armed with a gun. City officials are asking the public to be patient as they and others review the case.
Three independent investigations are in progress, and investigators with the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review say it could take six to nine months to complete their probe.
Pasadena City Council member Steven Madison echoed a recent letter the mayor wrote to constituents.
“I know it’s frustrating to folks that we cannot immediately sort of have a public hearing about all of this," Madison said, "but we are still in the fact-gathering process, and the worst thing one can do is to start to make conclusions that aren’t sound in a rush to judgment.”
Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu of El Monte issued her own statement that urges the City of Pasadena and investigating agencies to complete their reviews in a timely manner.
Madison of the Pasadena City Council, a former federal prosecutor, said he expects the city’s public safety committee to address the shooting at its meetings. But those discussions could happen behind closed doors, especially now that McDade’s family has sued the city.
The attorney who represents the family of Kendrec McDade continues to call for the federal Justice Department to step in.