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L.A. Now Live: D.A. finds Pasadena cops justified in fatal shooting

December 18, 2012 |  8:21 am

Pasadena police officers acted lawfully when they fatally shot an unarmed college student in March, according to a review of the shooting by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Times reporter Adolfo Flores will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the case. The controversial shooting sparked protests and outrage in Pasadena, with some drawing comparisons to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Prosecutors found the two officers reasonably believed Kendrec McDade, 19, was armed with a gun based on false information from a 911 caller. A report issued Monday also noted the position of McDade's hand at his waistband during a foot pursuit by the officers.

DOCUMENT: Read the report on the shooting

The shooting has prompted four inquiries and a lawsuit. In the federal suit, McDade's parents, Anya Slaughter and Kenneth McDade, allege their son was shot multiple times in the chest but did not die immediately. McDade was handcuffed and left on the street for a prolonged period of time without receiving first aid, the parents allege.

Dale Galipo, a lawyer representing the mother, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" at Monday's decision. "The only time they prosecute is when they have no choice due to public and political pressure and when it's caught on video."

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