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Pasadena to pay more than $1 million to parents of unarmed young man fatally shot by police


PASADENA, California — Pasadena will pay a little over $1 million to the parents of an unarmed young man who was killed by police after a caller falsely said two men robbed him at gunpoint.

The city will pay Kendrec McDade's mother, Anya Slaughter, $850,000 and father, Kenneth McDade, $187,500, the Pasadena Star-News reported Monday ( ).

The parents filed separate federal civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuits against the city and Police Department after their son was fatally shot in March 2012 when officers responded to the call of an armed robbery.

Authorities say McDade was the lookout when a 17-year-old companion stole a backpack from a car.

Officers said they feared for their safety and McDade was clutching his waistband when the 19-year-old was shot eight times, but neither McDade nor his companion was found to be armed.

Oscar Carillo, who had called 911, admitted he'd lied about a weapon to get a faster police response. He pleaded guilty to filing a police report. The 17-year-old admitted to juvenile theft charges.

The case had been set to go to trial, but Slaughter reached a settlement agreement June 6 and McDade announced an agreement minutes before the trial was set to begin June 10.

Information from: Pasadena Star-News,

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