If you’ve been following the news, you know that there’s a controversy about the police report for the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.
Now another police shooting is in the news, and the same controversy is brewing: How much information does the public have a right to know?
On March 24, 2012, two Pasadena police officers shot Kendrec McDade as he ran from them on Sunset Avenue. McDade, an African-American teenager, was unarmed. McDade’s death sparked protests and prompted an independent review.
The Pasadena Police Officers Association has not released the independent review. Under California laws often called the Peace Officers Bill of Rights, many police records are confidential. California’s supreme court, however, recently ordered that police to release the McDade report.
At the heart of the controversy is a 911 call from a citizen who claimed his laptop had been stolen at gunpoint. Based on that false report, officers fired on McDade. Subsequent investigation found McDade and another youth had been on the scene during the theft, and the second youth actually committed the crime.
On Octobeer 16, Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant ruled that Pasadena should make public at least a portion of the independent consultant’s report.
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