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Pasadena police shooting of unarmed black man Kendrec McDade being investigated

Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez
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Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez

A Los Angeles law enforcement oversight group is investigating a Pasadena police shooting that killed an unarmed black man.

Pasadena police shot Kendrec Lavelle McDade of Azusa last Saturday while responding to an armed robbery call.

Law enforcement says that the alleged robbery victim reported two men pointed a gun at him and took off running. McCade was one of the two.

Police intercepted McDade near a taco stand at Orange Grove and Sunset. The 19-year-old reportedly put his hand near his waistband, and both officers fired.

Afterward, no weapon was found.

The other suspected robber, a 17-year-old whose name has not been released, was apprehended without incident.

The Pasadena Police Department has asked the Office of Independent Review to investigate. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California wants Pasadena police to release the names of the officers involved.

This comes in the wake of the shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, which has garnered national attention.