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SoCal braces for "new Trayvon Martin"

Kendrec  McDade

Kendrec McDade. Photo from LA Times.

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.

Photo from LA Times.

From AJC…

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.

  • RickRaff

    You guys are doing a great job with proofreading–keep it up. This “innocent” youth was guilty of theft from Carillo. Maybe if he just hadn’t been a stinking thief in the first place he would be alive and getting that college education.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    It’s a sad commentary on California law enforcement, when a victim has to lie to police dispatchers in order to get them to respond quickly…

  • anon

    In the time of Jesus, what would they do with theives?

  • Sonya

    Now some sources are saying this “football hero” was killed after someone called in a “false 911 report”.

    The report wasn’t false, they have video of these two stealing from the man.

  • Global Minority

    Why is it when a black male is killed in the commision of a crime, everyone screams it is because of “sterotyping” and “racism”?

    I have come to realize that sterotyping is very dangerous becasue there lies a lot of truth in sterotypes.

  • Sonya

    They have charged the 911 caller with “involuntary manslaughter”. I can understand why the police in Southern California are ultra paranoid (after the Rodney King Riots) but they are kidding themselves if they think blaming the Hispanic 911 caller for the shooting will work.

    California is my home state and riots are VERY BAD. People can’t get ccw permits or carry weapons in their cars so rioting and attacking decent folk is very very easy there.

  • Norman Bodenstein

    Kendrec McDade had no business stealing Mr. Carillo’s backpack.

    If Kendrec McDade would not appear to go for a gun he would be alive today. When the police tell you to stop, and put your hands in the air you do so.

  • baldowl

    Oh no. We lost another one.

  • Flu-Bird

    The Rodney King riots was the fault of the news media for sensationalizing the incident and for doctoring and editing the original film They should have been held liable and responsible for the incident

  • Bob13

    Sad to see it result in a death but its time that Black people start learning how to “FOLLOW DIRECTIONS” regardless of all the made up garbage you idiots want to believe cops don’t shoot you just because of your skin color. Stop being thickheaded idiots, I’m zero threat and my hands are in clear site for every cop I deal with.

  • Luke

    So, you run from the cops and reach into your waistband? What did he think was going to be the outcome?

    So we have a thief who ran from the cops. He gets shot. I’m supposed to feel bad?


    “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” Funny, I would’ve thought the chain of events started when these 2 criminal thugs decided to assault and rob someone. What a bizarre world, where the Trayvon’s are the victims and the victim’s are the Trayvon’s.

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