Crime & Justice

Kendrec McDade shooting: Family fights latest effort to seal a city report

File photo: The family of Kendrec McDade and their former attorney Caree Harper at a rally at Pasadena City Hall.
File photo: The family of Kendrec McDade and their former attorney Caree Harper at a rally at Pasadena City Hall.
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The family of Kendrec McDade — an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by Pasadena police three years ago this month — continues to fight for the release of a city report on the shooting, and on Wednesday the family's lawyers denounced efforts to seal portions of it.

“I’m going to fight for his name,” said Anya Slaughter, Kendrec McDade’s mother. “I’m going to fight for his pride, his dignity. I’m going to fight for what the police took from him that night.”

Two Pasadena police officers shot and killed the unarmed 19-year old on March 24, 2012, while responding to a call about an armed robbery. It later turned out the 911 caller, who reported the robbery, lied about the guns involved. McDade's parents dispute he was involved.

At issue are sections of the report that were mistakenly released in court filings after a union, representing Pasadena police officers, lost a court case seeking to keep the full report sealed.

An appeals judge subsequently sealed the portions that were accidentally released. But Slaughter’s lawyers, who also represent Pasadena civil rights activists involved in the case, are asking the judge to lift the seal and throw out the case.

The full report on the fatal police shooting of McDade has been hung up in court since last September; it also offered recommendations for the Pasadena Police Department.

The Pasadena Police Officers' Association had sued the city unsuccessfully to keep it from releasing a redacted version of the document. The union argued the report is part of officer personnel records, which are normally protected from disclosure.  

The union lost that argument in November but has since appealed the decision. An attorney for the union did not return request for comment.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 21.