PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The father of an unarmed teen who was killed by Pasadena police last year claims he was recently threatened and beaten by officers from the same department in retaliation.
Kenneth McDade, with his arm in a sling, told CBS2’s Rachel Kim that five detectives came to his home in April and asked to see his nephew in relation to a stolen property investigation.
“They came up asking for my nephew. I told him I wasn’t him. I told him who I was. I lived here. He told me I was lying. They slapped me in handcuffs. They tried to break my arm, slammed me against the car, tried to throw me on the ground,” he said.
McDade believes he was assaulted by the officers because of his wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the police department in connection to the death of his son, Kendrec, who he believes was “intentionally” killed in “callous disregard” for his civil rights.
The 19-year-old was shot seven times in March 2012 by two officers.
Police said they shot the teen after responding to a report that he and a friend robbed a taco truck at gunpoint.
The alleged victim, Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez, later admitted he lied about the two having weapons.
Last December, the DA’s office ruled the shooting was justified and the officers acted lawfully.
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez told McDade’s lawyer that the department will launch an investigation into his allegations.