On March 24, 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade was shot and killed by Pasadena police officers, just outside of Los Angeles.

After Oscar Carrillo called 911 and alleged that two young black men dressed in black had just robbed him at gunpoint and stolen his backpack (which included a laptop), police chased McDade and his 17-year-old friend shooting McDade multiple times after they claimed he was reaching for his waistband.

McDade was unarmed, and despite an exhaustive search of the neighborhood, they never recovered a weapon or Carrillo’s laptop. A lawyer for McDade’s parents question whether or not a robbery even took place in the first place, but the Pasadena PD claim they have obtained a video of the two teens stealing a backpack from Carrillo’s car.

Days after McDade was riddled with bullets, Police arrested Carrillo for Involuntary Manslaughter, claiming he set in motion the events that led to McDade’s death by falsely claiming the two men had a gun.

McDade’s family claims his death is apart of a history of officer-involved shootings by the Pasadena police, and that the investigation into their son’s death “reeks” of a coverup. They have filed a federal lawsuit against the department, the police chief, and the offers who killed their Kendrec.

The Huffington Post reports:

The federal lawsuit alleges McDade’s death was part of a pattern of abuse and killings of black people in Pasadena at the hands of police, including the shooting death of Leroy Barnes Jr. who was shot 11 times in 2009 by the department’s officers. The lawsuit said Officer Jeffrey Newlen shot McDade several times after pursuing the teen on foot, while Officer Mathew Griffin fired several shots from his police cruiser. The suit said McDade was never ordered to stop and police reports do not mention the teen defying police orders.

Kendrec’s parents, Kenneth McDade and Anya Slaughter, are devastated over their son’s death, and they want answers.

“How can I put my trust in a system that doesn’t ever work for us?” Mr. McDade wonders.

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