Nearly two months ago, NewsOne reported on the tragic case of Kendrec McDade (pictured), the California college student and football star who was killed by Pasadena cops while they were responding to a robbery. Now that McDade’s autopsy report has been released, it’s been revealed that he was shot seven times at close range and handcuffed afterward, according to the L.A. Times.
After cell phone store worker Oscar Carrillo lied to authorities that the two men who stole his backpack were armed, Jeff Newlen and Mathew Griffin came to the scene. Soon after, they began pursuing McDade who was on foot. Reportedly, when the student allegedly reached for his waistband, one of the officers, who was said to be sitting in the patrol car, fired four rounds at McDade. The second officer, who was on foot, fired yet another four rounds because he “believ[ed] his partner was involved in a firefight.”
Watch footage of the unfortunate murder here:
Both Newlen and Griffin went on record, stating that they realized McDade was unarmed after they had already shot him. Even more upsetting, though, is that the coroner was able to determine that McDade was handcuffed for a period of time after the shooting.
Of course, Pasadena Lt. Phlunte Riddle quickly defended the officers’ actions of handcuffing the teen after he had already been shot. “Procedurally, until an individual has been deemed to be no further threat, the officer can use discretion to unhandcuff,” said Riddle.
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When the paramedics reportedly got to the scene, McDade was still conscious, even though he had been shot several times and remained handcuffed in his condition. In the report, during this time, McDade was called “combative.” Still, 90 minutes later, McDade died of his injuries at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
The autopsy would later show that of the 7 bullets that hit McDade, at least three of them were fatal because they went through major arteries. The L.A. Times reports:
Three of the wounds — two in his abdomen and one in his right arm — are considered potentially fatal because they lacerated arteries, according to Pasadena police. One bullet entered through the back of the right arm and another the back of the right forearm.
McDade’s parents, Anya Slaughter and Kenneth McDade, have filed a federal lawsuit that states, in part, the following:
…McDade was shot multiple times in the chest but did not die immediately. McDade tried to speak with the officer but was handcuffed and started to “twitch” and was left on the street for a prolonged period without receiving first aid, according to the suit.
On March 24th, Carillo lied to 911 call dispatchers, telling them that two armed Black males had robbed him of his backpack, which reportedly included a laptop. Carillo’s claim that the males were armed reportedly caused the officers to pursue the suspects aggressively, causing McDade’s unfortunate demise.
According to Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, the erroneous chain of events and tragic end result was ignited by that phony phone call and accounts for the mindset of the officers, who wound up killing 19-year-old Kendrec McDade because they thought he was armed with a gun.
Carrillo allegedly lied about the robbery because he thought it would encourage a speedier response. It worked. Investigators fled to the scene, murdering McDade and arresting another teen and then charging him with two counts of commercial burglary, one count of grand theft, and one count of failure to register as a gang member as a condition of his probation.
While it is obvious that Carrillo shouldn’t have lied about the robbery, through published reports, it seems that he is being thrown under the bus for McDade’s murder. No matter how other media may try to “report” on the fatal incident, it seems that the main blame should go on the officers.
How many bullets does it take to determine that your “suspect” is unarmed? Why are police in this country allowed to go off the handle every time they begin shooting? Who can forget how Amadou Diallo was shot at 41 times? What about Sean Bell who was shot at 50 times?
Are you f*cking serious?
Legislation needs to be put in place to punish cops for losing it at supposed crime scenes. The second officer let four clips go because he thought his partner was involved in a firefight? You mean trained cops can’t tell the difference between when a suspect is returning fire or not?
And what about this handcuff situation?
The boy has 7 bullets — and he’s unarmed — and it seems to be best practice to handcuff him?
This is madness!
And it is just so convenient that they make sure to put in the report that McDade was “combative” when the paramedics arrived on the scene. Was he displaying “combative” behavior before or after he started twitching from his gun shot wounds?
There has to be something done about police abusing their power. There has to be consequences for using the law to make your own law. Until there is, the Amadou Diallos, Sean Bells, and now McDades will be endless.
You hear me, endless.
How much do you want to bet that these officers will get off?