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Kendrec McDade: Pasadena police union files petition to prevent release of independent report

In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and allegedly reaching into his waistband, according to police.
McDade Family File Photo/AP
The Pasadena police union has filed a petition seeking once again to block the release of a redacted report on the shooting death of Kendrec McDade.

The Pasadena police union is asking the California Court of Appeal to block the release of a redacted report on the shooting death of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed black teen killed by two Pasadena police officers in 2012.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles Chalfant ruledthat the report from the Office of Independent Review was public - but he gave the Pasadena Police Officers' Association 20 days to appeal the decision. The union filed the petition Wednesday, a week before the deadline.

Kendrec McDade, 19, was shot and killed in March 2012 after police were falsely alerted by a 911 caller that two black teens had robbed him. Two officers chased McDade through streets, shooting him after McDade allegedly reached for his pants.

That led to an investigation into the actions of the officers involved, Matthew Griffin and Jeffrey Newlen.

The police union sued the City of Pasadena in September to prevent it from releasing the results of the investigation, claiming it contained too much personnel information about the officers.

The city redacted about 20 percent of the report in the version it was going to release publicly.

In Wednesday's court filing, the union claims the judge "refused to redact" portions of the report that "are clearly personnel material" as described by state law. Personnel records are exempt from public disclosure.

In a press release distributed by lawyers representing McDade's mother, NAACP General Counsel Elbie J. Hickambottom called the Pasadena police union's position "extreme." 

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