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Pasadena Police Release Video Of Fatal Shooting By One Of Its Officers

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Body-worn and dashboard video released by the Pasadena Police today show an officer shoot 32-year-old Anthony McClain in the back as he runs away from a traffic stop. McClain died later in the hospital.

The department said McClain was holding a gun in his left hand as he started to run away, and that he looked in the officers' direction over his shoulder, which prompted the officer who shot him to fear that McClain was turning to shoot. But those details are not clear in the videos.

An unidentified officer shot McClain about four seconds after he started to run away. The video shows McClain continuing to run for some time until he collapsed. Caree Harper, attorney for McClain's family, said today:

"Unless Mr. McClain had pistols pointing from his back, he should be alive and well and with his children. A bullet shot to the back is rarely, if ever, justified. And it is not justified in this case.”

According to Pasadena police, the officer who shot McClain did not have his body cam turned on. T
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he department on its website released an edited video with narration, along with dashboard video, body cam video from three officers, and video from a nearby surveillance camera.

The department said McClain threw his gun away during the chase, and officials have published photos of a gun authorities say was recovered nearby.

Authorities said McClain was on probation for a previous robbery conviction and was prohibited from possessing a weapon.


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