Parents of unarmed black teen raises concerns about son’s death

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Parents of unarmed black teen raises concerns about son's death
Parents of unarmed black teen raises concerns about son's death
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This is a case that may remind you of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

On March 24, 2012, an unarmed black teen was shot seven times by police in Pasadena, California, while running away from a man claiming he and a juvenile friend had allegedly tried to rob him.  

Kendrec McDade, 19, died the next day.  

McDade’s death has pitted the black community in Pasadena against the police department and prompted a federal civil rights lawsuit by the McDade family alleging police bias against blacks in the city.

First, the 911 caller admitted to lying about about being robbed by two males with guns so he could get a quicker police response.

Then, the autopsy report, which was released Friday, found McDade was shot at close range by two Pasadena police officers, but no gunshot wounds to the back.

However, an attorney for McDade’s family says the bullets that hit McDade’s arms and one that hit his hip appear to contradict the police’s assertion that none of the shots came from behind him.

McDade’s parents also allege their son was left on the street for a prolonged period of time after the shooting without receiving medical attention. 

By the way, McDade had no prior arrests and no gang ties.  The former high school star football player was a student at Citrus College at the time of his death.

Parents of unarmed black teen raises concerns about son's death

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