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Anthony McClain’s Family Files Legal Claims For Damages

Anthony McClain's father, Archie Barry (center), with his attorneys Luis Carrillo (l) and Michael Carrillo (r). (Robert Garrova/LAist)
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The family of Anthony McClain has filed legal claims for damages against the city of Pasadena.

A Pasadena police officer shot and killed the 32-year-old earlier this month during a traffic stop.

"It just breaks me down to have my son lost like this," McClain’s father, Archie Barry, said outside the Pasadena Police Department today.

"I don’t see no reason why he should have been shot in the back and killed."

McClain was a passenger in a car officers pulled over on Aug. 15 for not having a front license plate. He fled the scene and
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video from body-worn and dashboard cameras show an officer shot him as he ran away.

Police said McClain was holding a gun as he ran, and that a glance over his shoulder made the officer fear McClain was going to turn and shoot.

The officer had no justifiable reason for killing McClain, said Michael Carrillo, one of Barry's attorneys. He argued the shooting was a result of negligent training.

The department released photos of a gun recovered at the scene, which it said McClain had thrown into the street.

"We believe that whatever weapon that was recovered by the city of Pasadena was not actually Anthony McClain’s," said Carrillo.

He said he’s asked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate.

McClain’s sister, grandmother and the mothers of his children have filed a separate claim against Pasadena.

A legal claim is the first step before the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.


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