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Kendrec McDade Shooting: FBI Will Investigate Possible Civil Rights Violation (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 6/2012 2:43 pm

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As questions continue to be asked about the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Kendrec McDade, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez has invited the FBI to investigate the incident.

A witness's recollection about the night of Kendrec McDade's shooting death casts doubt over Pasadena police officers' account of the events.

20-year-old witness, Anthony Carroll, came forward Thursday to say he never heard the officers identify themselves or order McDade to stop, Pasadena Star News reports.

"I thought it was a drug deal gone bad, that's how quiet it was," Carroll said. "I didn't hear a siren until the shooting happened."

As questions continue to rise about the fatal shooting of Kendrec McDade, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez has invited the FBI to investigate the incident.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency often investigates incidents where questions of civil rights violations are raised and that it has already begun to do so for McDade's case, CBS reports.

The controversial shooting is also under investigation by the LA County District Attorney's office and the LA County Office of Independent Review (OIR).

Sanchez met Thursday with officials of OIR, including Michael Gennaco and City Manager Michael Beck. Gennaco told NBC, “We’re going to do a top to bottom analysis of the incident." He added, “It’s important for the public to eventually learn the whole story.

Sanchez also met Thursday with local Latino leaders. Randy Ertll, executive director of El Centro De Accion Social, said the meeting was called to assure the Latino community that the Latino 911 caller, Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, would not be blamed for the shooting, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

Carrillo-Gonzalez was held by police for six days after the shooting on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter because he admitted that he lied to police by saying McDade had a gun. Carrillo-Gonzalez said he was scared and wanted the police to respond faster. Pasadena police say they shot McDade because they were told he was armed and because he reached for his waistband.

Carrillo-Gonzalez's attorney, Andres Bustamante, said Thursday that his client has become a scapegoat for the shooting, Pasadena Star News reports. "[His] arrest was damage control," Bustamante said. "They had a lot of pressure from the community."

McDade's family filed a federal lawsuit against the Pasadena police Wednesday, saying that the investigation "reeks" of a cover up and that the shooting was a part of a pattern of abuse by Pasadena police, the Associated Press reports. The suit claims that the teen was never ordered to stop and that there are no reports of the teen defying police orders.

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  • Kendrec & Keion McDade

    A photo released by the McDade family shows Kendrec McDade kissing his baby brother Keion in March 2012. Kendrec McDade was shot and killed by Pasadena police March 24, 2012 who believed the 19-year-old college student to be a robbery suspect. (AP Photo/McDade Family)

  • Kaya & Ryan McDade

    Kendrec McDade's cousin, Kaysa McDade, left, gets a kiss from her niece, Ryan McDade, 5, as the family mourns Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. The police were chasing McDade, believing him to be one of two thieves who had just robbed Oscar Carrillo, who had told police that McDade was armed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members and students mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Maressa Loera

    Asuza High School student Maressa Loera, 17, mourns her friend, Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student, seen in family photo collage at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Family members mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Felicia Taylor

    Felicia Taylor, right, an aunt of Kendrec McDad, consoles a member of the McDade family, as they mourn Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Asuza High School student Maressa Loera, 17, second from right, prays with family members as mourning her friend, Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • 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 making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. The police were chasing McDade, believing him to be one of two thieves who had just robbed Oscar Carrillo, who had told police that McDade was armed. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • A candle with the photo of Kendrec McDade, a 19-year-old Citrus College student, is shown at a memorial in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching into his waistband, according to police. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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