Pasadena police on Thursday launched dashcam and physique digicam footage of a lethal police taking pictures of a person throughout a visitors cease final Saturday night time.
The household of 32-year-old Anthony McClain was capable of see the video earlier than its launch to the general public and was satisfied that he by no means confirmed his gun at officers as he ran away from them.
The video got here from an aiding officer as a result of the officer who opened hearth didn’t have his physique digicam activated. That is one thing that is additionally being investigated.
Pasadena police have launched dashcam and physique digicam footage of a lethal police taking pictures of a person throughout a visitors cease on Aug. 15. Jonathan Gonzalez studies Aug. 20, 2020.
The taking pictures occurred on Aug. 15 close to Raymond Avenue and Grandview Avenue after police say officers stopped two males in a automobile for not having a entrance license plate. After the driving force allegedly admitted to having a suspended license, officers requested the lads to exit the automobile. That is when McClain, the passenger, is seen working away grabbing his waistband.
One of many officers shot at McClain as he is working away after claiming to see McClain pull out a gun along with his left hand, in line with authorities.
McClain was shot as soon as and police say a gun was recovered down the road the place he collapsed. He died on the hospital, the coroner’s workplace reported. However an legal professional for McClain’s household believes he was holding his belt buckle, not a weapon.
“Except Mr. McClain had pistols from his again, he must be alive and properly, and along with his youngsters which might be behind me proper now. A bullet shot to the again isn’t, if ever, justified,” stated Caree Harper, the household’s legal professional.
Pasadena Police Chief John Perez spoke Thursday saying the investigation have to be completed earlier than he can decide whether or not the taking pictures was justified.
“I consider he made the choice he needed to make and it was justified, nevertheless it’s manner too early to utterly make a conclusion…Extra information must be gathered…Too early to make a press release with out the whole lot that must be watched,” stated Perez.
The legal professional for McClain’s household says they are going to assessment the video earlier than deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit.
The officers’ names haven’t been launched.