SoCal braces for "new Trayvon Martin"
According to Pasadena police, Oscar Carrillo was robbed by two black men. Then Oscar called 911 and said the men had a gun. When law enforcement tried to apprehend the perpetrators, 19 year old Kendrec McDade was shot and killed by a police officer. Kendrec allegedly reached into his waistband and the officer had to assume he was reaching for the alleged firearm.
Police say Oscar has admitted lying about the gun and has been arrested.
Kendrec is black. The race of the officer has not been released. The 911 caller who has been arrested has a common Hispanic name. However, the internet is buzzing with news of the “new Trayvon Martin.” Incendiary rhetoric like “they are killing young black men like flies” is surging through social media. Some are trying to draw direct comparisons between George Zimmerman and Oscar Carrillo.
Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez said that call set off a deadly chain of events that led officers to shoot and kill a 19-year-old college student, later identified as Kendrec McDade, late on Saturday night.
McDade was spotted in an alley about two blocks from the spot where Oscar Carrillo told police he’d been robbed, Sanchez said Wednesday.
“The actions of the 911 caller set the minds of the officers,” Sanchez said.
McDade ran from officers until an officer used the police cruiser to block McDade’s path in an alley and rolled down his window, Lt. Phlunte Riddle said.
McDade allegedly made a motion at his waistband and the officer opened fire. A second officer who was chasing McDade on foot also opened fire, Riddle said.
McDade, who was less than 10 feet away from the patrol car when the officer opened fire, died of his injuries at Huntington Hospital. The Citrus College student was a football standout at Azusa High School.
In an interview Monday with detectives, Sanchez said Carrillo admitted that he made up the story about the gun to speed up the officers’ response. Detectives now believe McDade and the other person, a juvenile, were unarmed, Riddle said.