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Kendrec McDade's mother hopes judge will release report on the fatal shooting of her son




File photo: The family of Kendrec McDade and attorney Caree Harper at a rally at Pasadena City Hall.
File photo: The family of Kendrec McDade and attorney Caree Harper at a rally at Pasadena City Hall.
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Two years ago, police officers in Pasadena fatally shot an unarmed black man. 19-year-old Kendrec McDade was killed by officers Matthew Griffin and Jeffery Newlen who were responding to a 911 call about an armed robbery. 

While it later turned out there were no guns involved in the reported crime, the officers were cleared by an internal investigation. The District Attorney's office concluded the officers had reason to believe McDade had a gun.

McDade's mother, Anya Slaughter, filed a lawsuit and recently settled with the city. But she still has plenty of questions regarding her son's death.  

An independent report on the fatal shooting was presented to the City of Pasadena in August. Since then, several civil rights groups and media outlets have filed public information requests to obtain a copy of the report, but it hasn't yet been released.

At a court hearing yesterday, a judge delayed his decision about whether to release the report. Anya Slaughter was at the hearing, and says she was disappointed to hear the news.

"Yesterday was a nightmare. It was very disappointing because... I was hoping that from the last hearing in September that the judge had made up his mind and that he was going to release it," Slaughter says.

And even if it the report isn't released to the public, Slaughter says she wants to see it herself: "I feel like me being a mother, that is my duty, that is my right, to be able to see the full report."

Click on the above link to hear the full interview with Anya Slaughter.