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Pasadena officers who fatally shot unarmed teen back at work

May 3, 2012 |  2:28 pm

Kendrec McDade memorial

The two Pasadena police officers who fatally shot a 19-year-old unarmed college student returned to work this week, but are at desk jobs and are not in the field, authorities said.

Officers Jeff Newlen and Matt Griffin shot Kendrec McDade while responding to a call regarding an armed robbery March 24. The officer who shot first believed McDade was armed and fired at the teen from the inside of his police cruiser.

The officers were placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the incident but have returned to work, Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle told the Pasadena Sun.

"The investigation is ongoing," Riddle said. "After the initial assessment there's no reason at this point not to bring them back into the organization, and they will be under evaluation if or when they return to the field."

The Pasadena Police Department, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, the Office of Independent Review and the FBI have all launched inquiries into the shooting.

Those reports are not expected to be completed and released to the public for six to eight months, Riddle said.

"At this point there is no evidence to indicate that there was any criminal activity" on the part of the officers, Riddle said.


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Photo: Candles and flowers mark the spot where Kendrec McDade was fatally shot by police at Orange Grove and Sunset avenues in Pasadena. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times