Administrative review concludes Pasadena officers acted appropriately in McDade Shooting
The Pasadena Police Department is providing a status update on the ongoing independent reviews and the concluded internal administrative review of the officer involved shooting (OIS) of Kendrec McDade. These assessments were initiated by the Department shortly after the incident in March of 2012 to ensure a fair, comprehensive and transparent review of the incident.
On March 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM, Pasadena Police Officers responded to a radio call of an armed robbery on Orange Grove Blvd. at Summit Avenue. The victim of an alleged robbery, later identified as Oscar Carrillo, called 911 and reported that two Black males, both armed with firearms, robbed him and fled westbound on Orange Grove Boulevard. Patrol Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Matthew Griffin responded to the scene and located suspect Kendrec McDade at Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Blvd. An officer involved shooting occurred, following a foot pursuit and confrontation with Mr. McDade. He later died from his injuries.
Investigators from the Pasadena Police Department’s Detective Section and the Justice System Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene. The Police Department’s criminal investigation report was forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and on December 17, 2012, the District Attorney’s Office completed their own investigation concluding that, “the officers acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others.”
On March 15, 2013, the Pasadena Police Department concluded the Administrative Review on this incident, which included the Use of Force Review Board. The Review Board considered lawfulness, tactics, patrol vehicle operation, radio communication and equipment and determined that Officer Newlen and Officer Griffin’s actions were lawful and within departmental policy. The Board’s final review was forwarded to the Police Department’s Training Unit to ensure the Department’s tactics and equipment remain contemporary.
The Pasadena Police Department is awaiting the independent reviews being conducted by the Office of Independent Review Group and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon receipt, their findings will be made available to the public.
“The loss of any life, regardless of the circumstances, is always tragic. The shooting involving Kendrec McDade is no exception. Whenever lethal force is used, it demands a comprehensive review to evaluate tactics, communication, equipment and conduct of the officer(s). To that end, the completion of the Department’s Administrative analysis and the utilization of independent reviews serve to meet these obligations.” As Chief, I am acutely aware of my responsibility to the community, to our Mayor and City Council, and to my employees, recognizing these relationships necessitate open communication and accountability.”